rEP CON 2022
Harriet Dunbar-Morris- Dean of Learning and Teaching
At the University of Portsmouth, we are committed to ensuring that our students have the best experience possible. As Course Reps, you are key to ensuring that the student voice is heard and valued. At the University we will work with you to obtain feedback, facilitate discussions around it and create plans for making changes to enhance the student experience. By working with Course Leaders, tutors, and administrators in Faculties, and training delivered by The Union, you will be well-equipped to carry out this important role of Course Rep and create meaningful change at the University.
Ayoola Johnson- Academic Representation Officer
I am Ayoola Johnson, your elected Academic Representation Officer. I take a lead role in representing students' academic interests and all aspects of the academic experience. I oversee the Course Representative Structure and I am delighted that I will be working together with you this academic year.
Being a Course Rep is such a rewarding experience: it is an incredible opportunity to advocate for your fellow students, meet and build relationships with staff, develop some fantastic employability skills including confidence and communication, make a positive impact on the student community, and lots more!
The Faculty Reps, the Student Focus Team and I will be here to support and develop you in your roles throughout the year. I wish you the best of luck for the year ahead and look forward to working with you all. If there is anything you need, we are here to help no matter how big or small the issue. I hope you enjoy being a Course Rep this year and that you find it a rewarding experience.
Dominic Owen- Democracy and Campaigns Officer
Jade Underwood- Learning Experience Officer
Temidayo Dosunmu- Development Officer
Natasha Layley- Welfare Officer
What do Course Reps do?
Gather students feedback
Course Reps seek student opinions on any aspect of their course such as learning resources, facilities, teaching, assessments and general feedback, and they strive to use these opinions to improve the University experience. There are various methods to gather feedback, including: conversations with students, lecture shout-outs and the StART platform. Course Reps are also expected to communicate to students on any responses to their feedback. We will provide detailed training on this as it is an important part of the role.
Represent students in University Meetings
Course Reps are expected to attend and contribute to Student Voice Committee meetings. They can also attend other University meetings. Such meetings are the ideal place for Course Reps to share the feedback they have gathered and begin conversations around what can be done to respond to the feedback, and how the student experience can be enhanced. Course Reps are expected to impartially represent the views of their entire cohort and not just their own opinions. The Student Focus Team are available to support you in the preparation for your meetings.
Complete and/or attend essential training
Course Reps are expected to complete essential online training (see www.upsu.net/coursereps, as well as to attend one of our Course Rep Conferences, either in person or digitally. This year's Rep Con will be taking place on the 19th of October.
Further development training will be available to you throughout the year. This training is a great opportunity which will provide you with skills that look great on your CV.
Take part in The Union's representation process
Course Reps should spread awareness of and make use of the Have Your Say platform, where students can submit ideas to improve the student experience. You should try to keep up to date with the sort of ideas that are being advocated, as well as encourage fellow students to use this platform.
Academic Representation Structure
Behind the scenes, the Representation Team at UPSU works to support all of this! We also work with students to create new changes to the system itself to ensure that it runs smoothly for feedback to get to the right places, and in turn, to leave a positive impact on the student experience at Portsmouth!