What is student representation?
Effective student representation is a vital part of the University’s quality assurance and teaching and learning enhancement processes.
Student representation and engagement
Student Representatives (Student Reps) may represent a year group or programme of study, and are expected to gather feedback from their cohort to discuss with staff at Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs). Depending on the size of the programme, there may be a single committee for the programme as a whole, or they may be organised on a year group basis.
Student Reps gather feedback to share with staff and work collaboratively at SSLCs to suggest and implement positive improvements. Their discussions are an important opportunity to raise students’ concerns, resolve issues and share ideas for enhancement of teaching and learning.
Once a Student Rep has attended the SSLC, they report back to the students they represent. It is important all students feel they are being well represented and feel comfortable approaching a Student Rep with any issues.
Student-Staff Liaison Committee practice
Director of Undergraduate Studies and a 4th year Student in History, Classics and Archaeology, reflect on how their School’s Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) facilitates valuable dialogue between staff and students, with the shared aim of improving their School.
Raise your student voice
A Masters student in Psychology of Mental Health, shares her experience as a student representative.
How to find your Student Rep
If you would like to find out who your Student Representative is, please contact your Course or Programme Organiser in the first instance. Your School’s Student Support, Graduate Office or Teaching Organisation will also be happy to help.
Student Representatives should complete a training session provided by the Edinburgh University Student Association and attend Student Rep welcome events held by their School. It is good practice for Schools to hold a Student Rep welcome event at the start of the academic year.
In addition, University staff and the Students’ Association provide support and additional training to Reps throughout each year.