Each semester, CECS puts a call out for Class Representatives for all Engineering and Computer Science courses. Students can nominate themselves for one or more of the courses that they are enrolled in.
What does a Class Representative do?
A class representative is the official liaison between students and the course convener.
The primary responsibility of a class representative is to provide constructive feedback on issues affecting the entire student cohort, or a subset of the student cohort.
If there are multiple classes within your course (particularly for the larger courses), you are expected to make yourself known within each class (including introducing yourself to the tutors).
Benefits of being a Class Representative
Class representatives are enormously beneficial for the student body and the university. It can also be a great opportunity to grow personal and professional skills, including:
- Develop skills sought by employers, including interpersonal, dispute resolution, leadership and communication skills.
- Become empowered. Play an active role in determining the direction of your education.
- Become more aware of issues influencing your University and current issues in higher education.
- Ensure students have a voice to their course convener, lecturer, tutors, and college.
You will also receive recognition of your work as a class representative with a certificate.
What happens with feedback collected?
Class representatives provide an opportunity for students and course conveners to discuss issues in real time, as they arise during the semester. Changes can often be accommodated at the time, to improve how the course is running and student’s experience of a course. This feedback plays an important role in shaping how courses are running and will run.
Class representatives are appointed at the beginning of each semester by the course convener, through a self-nomination process. The course representative role will usually be advertised by the convener during the first lecture of semester.
If you are interested in the role, ensure that you make yourself known to the convener. For further enquiries regarding being appointed as a course representative, please contact your course convener directly.