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Student Reps are elected by you to represent your academic interests. We provide training and support to those Student Reps every year, enabling us to learn more about the experiences of students in each of our Schools. Here you can find out more about Student Reps, their achievements and how you can get involved with this voluntary role. We would also encourage you to nominate a standout Student Rep for Rep of the Month as and when you feel like a #RepWin deserves recognition.

 

What is a Student Rep?

Student Reps listen to what you have to say about your course and use this feedback to drive change where it’s needed. This could range from the quality of teaching, to the standard of assessment and feedback. They are working hard to ensure you have the best academic experience possible during your time at Herts, so be sure to make use of them whenever you need! Take a look at the full role-description...

Student Rep role description

Why Should I Become a Student Rep?

If you want to represent the academic interests of your fellow students and contribute to creating positive change then you should consider volunteering to become a Student Rep. In this role you will also have many personal development opportunities in areas employers are looking for such as communication, negotiation and public speaking. Additionally, throughout the year you will have our constant support and will be rewarded for your hardwork through socials, awards and prizes.

How do I become a Student Rep?

This year elections will be taking place online, you will have to write a short manifesto and promote it to your peers so they will vote for you. You can promote yourself in your lectures, on canvas messaging, social media and so on. Nominations will open on Monday 21st September and close on Sunday 4th October, nominate yourself here

#RepWins
Issue Outcome Programme/School
Students were concerned about the spacing of assignments in Semester B. After collating students' views, and contacting the module leader, postponements to assignments were agreed and communicated to all via email.

Business and Event Management // Business School

There were no companies involved in the Creative Arts Careers and Employment Fair that were specific to Interior Architecture and Design. Following discussions between Student Reps and the Careers team / department staff, 3 such companies were secured for this year's Fair.

Interior Architecture and Design // Creative Arts

Students were concerned about the deadline for an assignment, and the academic support available. Once raised, this feedback led to the deadline being moved and further support provided, plus a meeting that explained how assignments were marked. Primary Education // Education
Students were struggling with how to format one of their assignments. As a result of passing this feedback on, Student Reps were able to successfully lobby for a sample assignment format to be provided as an example.

Artificial Intelligence with Robotics // Engineering and Computer Science

Communication was inefficient for students on different courses and programmes, creating confusion among different groups of students. In response to students' feedback, separate WhatsApp groups were created so that relevant information could be circulated more efficiently.

Paramedic Science // Health and Social Work

There were delays in grades being uploaded for a few modules (beyond the 4-week turnaround deadline). Module Leaders were contacted, raising this as an issue, and the grades were then uploaded later that very same day.

Journalism and Creative Writing // Humanities

Lack of information and guidance on Master's degrees and Careers opportunities after University. After being raised by Student Reps in a Programme Committee Meeting (PCM), lecturers agreed to arranging a day that focused on supporting students with this information. Psychology // Life and Medical Sciences
Mark Thompson was leaving his role as Dean for the School of Physics, Astronomy and Maths. Student Reps came together to collect "Thank You" messages, and other positive sentiments for him, to celebrate the job he had done for the School.

Financial Mathematics // Physics, Astronomy and Maths

Students were concerned that some lectures were too fast-paced, and/or covered too much content in one go. Changes were made to how lectures were presented, and the speed on Canvas was altered such that students were happy with their pace and access. Business Studies // Business School
There were problems with the temperature in the FMM building due to the air conditioning not working. The team of Student Reps came together to contact the relevant University departments, and as a result the issue was fixed. 3D Games Art & Design // Creative Arts
Students raised some concerns about the layout of tutorial sessions. The format of tutorials was switched from a focus on individual work to more of a group work approach, allowing for more collaboration.

Aerospace Engineering // Engineering and Computer Science

It was noted that Presentations were to be done a week earlier than had previously been communicated/expected. Following feedback, Student Reps contacted the Module Lead, who corrected this issue.

Mental Health Nursing // Health and Social Work

Students expressed that their Academic Skills module was placed too late in Semester A for it to be most beneficial. Changes have been made to the structure of the course next year, such that Academic Skills will be covered at the beginning of Semester A. TESOL // Humanities
Students were concerned about the lack of information available to them regarding the structuring of essays in one module. As a result of feedback, the lecturer ran a session providing specific guidance on this earlier than originally planned. Psychology // Life and Medical Sciences
Students weren't happy that 2 coursework deadlines had been placed on the same day. Once feedback had reached Student Reps, they were able to get in contact with the Module Leader, who agreed to postpone one of the deadlines. Physics, Astronomy and Maths
It was difficult for students to keep up to date on what events were happening across the School. To address this issue, Student Reps came together to create discussion boards on Canvas, for the purpose of sharing and talking about such events. Business School
Some old learning material (including Wacom Tablets and Pens) was going to be disposed of. Following students' concern, it was decided that this material would instead be donated to the LRC, for students to loan and make use of. 3D Games Art // Creative Arts
Students expressed a desire to have more assistance with regards to understanding plagiarism, and completing coursework. As a result of this feedback, some new material on plagiarism was produced, and sample formats were provided for assessments.

Artificial Intelligence with Robotics // Engineering and Computer Science

There was much discontent with the uniform provided to students, having been received late, and in different colours/standards. Given the concerns, the University are now working very closely with the clothing supplier to ensure that no problems like this occur again in future.

Paramedic Science // Health and Social Work

There was appetite for a more active Social Media presence from the School, to keep students updated on its goings on. Student Reps have set up WhatsApp groups for different programmes, and taken part in Instagram takeovers to increase engagement. Humanities
Coursework deadlines for 3 separate modules were very close together. After contacting the module lead(s), some of these deadlines were extended by an extra week, which a lot of students found very helpful. Dietetics // Life and Medical Sciences

 

Nominate a Rep of the Month

If you have been impressed by your Student Rep then you can nominate them for Rep of the Month by completing this nomination form.

Rep of the Month Terms and Conditions

 

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