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Course representatives

students-working-around-a-table300All Solent courses will have a student course representative. If you volunteer for this role, you are not only providing a great service to the other students on your course, you will gain skills that will enhance your CV and provide evidence to use at interview.

What it involves

Course reps are the first link that the University has with learners’ views. But this isn’t just about the University asking learners what they think. The University needs to make sure that learners are involved at every level of decision making.

As a course rep you are part of a ‘pyramid structure' of representation. You take learners’ views up to the next level, and they feed up through the layers to reach the student officer at the highest point.

This means that every class has a direct link into the board of governors of the University.

Benefits of being a course rep  


All new course reps will receive training as soon as they can in being an effective rep. Here at Solent University your training is prepared and delivered by Solent Students’ Union and members of NUS. 

Gaining experience 

As a course rep you will gain lots of experience that will be relevant to your working life – for example, listening, public speaking and report writing.

This experience will provide concrete examples to illustrate the skills you've listed on your CV (use on your CV and in interviews).

You will also gain lots of knowledge about your University and about how higher education is run.  


Solent Students’ Union provide certain incentives for course reps. As well as a certificate, the Students’ Union have created a scheme whereby course reps are entitled to claim volunteer hours for their efforts over the course of the year.

This scheme is in conjunction with V-Inspired who offer a government recognised qualification, which makes an impressive addition to any record of achievement.

Page last updated on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 3.46pm.


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