Could you become a school rep?

For the first time, we are also recruiting six paid school-level reps who will work closely with the education officer and the course reps in their respective schools on school-level education and experience issues. This role is a part-time paid position, and will require you to work the equivalent of two days per week. However, these hours can be flexible and will be agreed with the Students’ Union in order to fit around your studies. UEL Students’ Union is a London Living Wage employer. 

Candidates for this role must have been completed one year as a course rep.  

The main purpose of this role is to represent and oversee the course rep system on a school level. This includes sitting on school committees, collating overarching themes from Course Committee meetings within your school to represent at these meetings, and being a part of the Students’ Union Leadership Committee.  

The full job description will be made available shortly. 

Why should I apply to become a school rep?

The school reps will work alongside the Students’ Union team, our education officer, and course reps within your school. This is your opportunity to make changes to the way your school runs, and take that next step in leading positive change at UEL.  

As a school rep you are required to attend relevant committees within your school, plan and deliver academic campaigns, organise events, engage with course reps in your school via Teams and at meetings, and complete relevant training. 

The skills necessary for this role will be those you will have developed during your time as a course rep, such as communication and negotiation, time management, confidence in public speaking, and conflict management. We will be looking for these skills in our applicants.  

What skills/experience will I develop as a school rep?
The skills you may develop in undertaking this role are: 
Organisation - as a school rep you may play a proactive role in organising social events, planning and executing academic campaigns, student research presentations, or open days. 
- Leadership - As a School Rep you will be a part of the Students’ Union executive, the group that leads on political and policy decisions within the Union.  
- Co-ordinating others - Your role will involve supporting and coordinating Course Reps within your school, as well as collating their feedback for common themes running across different areas. 


How do I become a school rep?
As with the course rep election, the election for school reps will take place online and within the same time period. All students have automatic access to the Students’ Union’s online voting system after enrolment, using your University credentials. This is how you will be able to vote for who you want to represent you, and how you can put yourself forward for the role. 


Timeline: 

- The nomination period will open on Monday 28 September  and close on Wednesday 7 October.  
- The voting period will be open from Monday 12 October to Wednesday 14 October.  
- The results will be announced on Monday 19 October


What training will I get as school rep?
School reps will attend a mandatory induction programme to help them settle into their role and learn about the Students’ Union and our mission. This will be arranged with you after your election to the post. 

If you have any questions about the role of a School Rep, you can contact Rosie McKenna, Policy Manager.