Common Good

 
 

Class Representatives

Class Reps gather feedback from students on their programme and work with staff to enhance the learning experience for current and future students.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Confidence
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
The primary role of Class Representatives is to gather feedback from the students on their programme and feed this forward to members of staff. This happens both directly and through Student Staff Consultative Group meetings, which take place once per trimester. Class Reps may also be asked by staff to help gather student opinion on a particular issue. The Students’ Association runs introductory training for Class Representatives to prepare them for their role. We also organise Class Rep Gatherings where they can come together with other Class Reps to discuss common issues and develop useful skills for their role. Class Representatives are eligible to take part in the Student Leaders Programme once they have completed their introductory training.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
Students in this role can make a positive difference most directly by improving the learning experience of their fellow students by raising and resolving issues that are encountered on their programme. This also benefits future students if permanent changes are made to programmes. Class reps can also be involved in supporting students in lower levels of their programme who are encountering similar challenges. Students who have been Class Representatives will have seen the benefits of raising issues with the people who have the power to act and hopefully this is something they will replicate in the wider world.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
Students in this role can make a positive difference most directly by improving the learning experience of their fellow students by raising and resolving issues that are encountered on their programme. This can benefit future GCU students as well when permanent changes are made to programmes and reps can also support students in lower levels of their programme who are encountering similar challenges. Students who have been Class Representatives will have seen the benefits of raising issues with the people who have the power to act and hopefully this is something they will replicate in the wider world.
Success stories
The Class Representative opportunity provides pathways into other activities including becoming a School Officer (senior academic representative role), a paid Associate Trainer delivering training to future Class Reps or becoming involved in enhancement activities including internal subject reviews and ELIRs. There are examples of GCU Class Representatives who have gone on to perform all of these roles and some have gone even further undertaking internships and even full time paid work relating to the student experience and quality assurance.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
Students’ Association
Which students can participate in this activity?
This opportunity is available to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students who have been elected by students on their programme and level. It should be promoted to students by their Programme Leader in the first two weeks of Trimester A (Trimester B for January start Masters programmes). An election should be held to decide on who will be the Class Representative(s). Once elected, their details are passed to the Students’ Association who provide induction training for the role.
Contact
Name: Student Voice Team
Department/School: Students’ Association
Telephone: 0141 331 3886