Intro to Academic Reps

Academic Reps are the voice of students in faculties, departments and schools. They run on unique manifestos and are then elected by their subject peers to fulfil this role, which is an exciting opportunity to actively shape students' educational experience here at Cambridge.

Reps have the power to enact changes to education, individually based on their priorities and collectively, working with other representatives across the University. Their responsibilities include taking students’ ideas and concerns to faculty and department boards, relaying important information from those boards back to students, and organising with their peers to foster a subject community. 

Reps work with the Students' Union sharing knowledge with the Access, Education and Participation Officers and other reps as part of a University-wide system of academic representation. Reps are trained by SU staff and receive individual support to help them achieve their goals.

Types of Rep

There are main two types of reps are Subject Reps and School Reps.

Subject Reps are the voice of students in faculties and departments. They represent their subject peers and take part in decision making that will affect education now and in years to come. Their responsibilities include taking students’ ideas and concerns to faculty and department boards, relaying important information from those boards back to students, and organising with their peers to foster a subject community.

School Reps are higher level student representatives. They represent those studying subjects within their school, and lead and coordinate the academic reps in relevant faculties and departments. They sit on the Council of the School, which is responsible for education, research, strategy and resource allocation across several faculties in a discipline area. School Reps also sit on the SU's Student Council, where they debate and vote on SU policy.

Support for reps

Student Rep Coordinator

The Student Rep Coordinator is a member of full-time SU staff who trains and supports all Academic Reps. They provide individual guidance and expertise to reps, and work with the University and Faculties to ensure that academic representation is as effective as possible. 

Get in touch with Kate, the Student Rep Coordinator if you would like to know more about being a rep.

Academic Forum

This is a fortnightly meeting of Academic Reps from across faculties, departments, and schools, where we explore current issues and campaigns, seek advice from relevant SU staff, and discuss and feed into university-wide educational conversations. University staff and student campaigners occasionally attend to seek feedback or support with a project . It’s also a space to suggest policy for the SU on how the sabbs can better campaign at a university-level for educational improvement. 

 

Training

Reps attend training sessions throughout the year, including just after they’re elected in Michaelmas term. Training equips reps to effectively advocate for their peers, understand ongoing university projects and priorities, and successfully campaign for change. School Reps receive training tailored to their role, and all reps have access to training resources throughout the year.