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Students' Union Nominations 2021

28th September 2021

Every year, students have the opportunity to relay feedback from the student body to the vice president of the students’ union and the university to support the growth and progression of students on campus as a Student Rep. 

There are two Student Rep titles available, the Class Reps and the Course Champions. Both of these roles are voluntary, are held for a year, and work alongside your studies, however, their responsibilities and tasks are different. The Class Rep positions suit students who are able to engage with their individual classes and the Course Champion positions will suit students who can listen and communicate effectively with a whole course body. A "class" is those you see in your lectures each week, a "course" is the group of classes that sit within a subject. For example, the Business & HR course is made up of multiple classes.

You can only apply for one of the positions, so choose the one you believe you would be best for. To help you decide, here is our video explaining the difference: https://youtu.be/HBwJAzYGugw and the responsibilities and requirements for each role below:

The Class Reps will be:

  • The first point of contact for students within your class
  • The voice of your classmates, representing your peers to the Course Champions and/or ARU London Staff
  • A signpost for students who need support outside of the rep role
  • An ambassador for positive change

The Class Reps will:

  • Complete a short online training session with the Students' Union
  • Collect feedback from those within your class
  • Attend 2-3 x Student Forums with your Course Champions so they can take forward your feedback

The Course Champions will be:

  • The first point of contact for Class Reps from within your Course
  • A signpost for students who need support outside of the rep role
  • The voice of your Course, representing your peers to members of ARU London Senior Management Team
  • A leader of positive change

The Course Champions will:

  • Complete a short online training session with the Students' Union
  • Actively seek feedback from the Class Reps from within your Course 
  • Attend 3 x Student Forums to gather the feedback from Class Reps before Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC)
  • Attend 3 x SSLC's to share the feedback gathered at the Student Forums
  • Communicate regularly with the Students' Union and your Course's Head of Department

The Class Rep and Course Champion positions will develop your skills, knowledge and experience in negotiations, listening, communication, strategy, planning, representation, advocacy, leadership, and more. These roles are not only great for anyone wanting to improve their classes, course, and the overall student experience, but also for those who want to enhance their CVs and experience in supportive and leadership roles.

Neither of the positions requires any experience as you would receive a short online training session prior to the commencement of your role, one-to-one support, a variety of skills-based training sessions for you to attend for free, and access to the Rep Hub for supportive representation information throughout your role.

Nominations for Class Reps and Course Champions are live on the VLE now. Access these via the VLE on your phone or web to vote by heading to the ‘Students' Union’ tile, clicking ‘Rep Elections’ and then ‘I want to be a Class Rep/Course Champion’ and filling out the form.

Nominations close midnight October 8th 2021 and then voting will be open 9th - 17th October 2021.

Good Luck!