Students are engaged, both individually and collectively, as partners in the enhancement of their educational experience through student representation. The student representation structure aims to ensure that all students (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research, distance learners and students at collaborative partner colleges) are represented. Our student representation model features School Representative Co-ordinators (SRCs), appointed via a recruitment and selection process and course representatives elected by their peers.
Partnership with De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)
The university and the DSU work in equal partnership to own and manage student representation. Accordingly six student representation principles have been jointly developed and agreed:
- Students, through student representation, are engaged, individually and collectively, as partners in the enhancement of their educational experience
- The university and the DSU should work in equal partnership to own and manage student representation to ensure consistent and effective student engagement and representation
- The student representation structure should ensure all students (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research, distance learners and students at collaborative partner colleges) are represented, taking into account the introduction of the School Representative Co-ordinator (SRC) role
- The processes for the recruitment of student representatives should be clear and transparent to all students and staff
- The university and DSU should collaborate equally in the design and delivery of specific student representative training packages for all student groups (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research, distance learners and students at collaborative partner colleges)
- The university should collaborate equally in the design and delivery of guidance for staff
Student voice and representation in academic quality processes
School Representative Co-ordinators (SRCs) and Research Student Representative Co-ordinators (RSRCs) are allocated to university committees and to validation and periodic review events as full committee/panel members. The DSU website provides useful information about our student representation including how to find your school/course rep. The site also contains the mapping of SRCs to committees and academic quality process events.
Student Voice Committees (SVCs)/Staff Student Consultative Committees (SSCCs)
The SVCs/SSCCs are an important student voice mechanism. The remit of the SVC/SSCC is to engage students in the enhancement of their educational experience and are designed to give student representatives, normally course reps, the opportunity to convey student views on a range of issues relating to their courses. For example, this may include what is working well, areas for enhancement and discussing any proposed changes with staff. The SVC/SSCC operational guidance, and SVC/SSCC issues log help to ensure meetings are run efficiently and scheduled in line with the relevant PMB.