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Student Representation

We believe that student representation is vital in the continuing goal of enhancing the student experience for students attending the University of Bradford.  It ensures that students' views are heard at all levels throughout the university, influencing university practice and strategic direction.

Our representation system is made up of hundreds of student volunteers, who choose to represent other students within their programme of study. In return volunteers are provided with the training and support needed to perform their roles. All volunteers are awarded for their time and commitment to the role, with access to bespoke training designed to enhance their employability. At the end of the academic year we reward all our volunteers who have engaged with the role with an award detailing their achievements.

The Student Representation system is underpinned by a comprehensive policy, which is reviewed annually.

The policy covers:

  • The core principles of student representation at Bradford.
  • The key roles and responsibilities for representatives, the university and the Students' Union.
  • The recruitment and election process for representatives.
  • Recognition and reward for representatives.
  • Staff Student Liaison Committees.

The policy can be downloaded here:

Support for staff

The Student Experience and Success Team provide assistance to staff across the academic year, providing support to Learning and Teaching teams and school administration staff in the ongoing operation of the rep scheme. The Student Representation Coordinator, Daniel Batchelor, is the team’s point of communication for any queries, or requests for assistance. To contact Daniel, please call ext. 3361, or email: d.batchelor2@bradford.ac.uk.

Recruitment of Reps

All elections of Student Representatives are to begin from Week 2 of the academic year and will need to be completed by the end of week 4. The names of all representatives need to be provided to the Student Representation Coordinator by the end of week 5 

In addition, to support rep recruitment, departments can book the Academic Affairs Officer and/or the Student Representation Coordinator to deliver a presentation during induction/the first few weeks.  Alternatively, it is recommended that if staff members choose to promote the system during teaching time that they use the presentation (link below) to aid them in the process of promoting and electing reps.

2016-2017 Student Representation Recruitment Slides

As per the 'Policy for Student Representation’, student reps are elected by the student body. When required, please use the nomination forms and ballot papers for rep elections below:

Student Staff Liaison Committees

Requirements for running all SSLCs are provided in the Policy for Student Representation.  All SSLCs must use the standardised terms of reference and membership, agendas, minutes recording and actions sheet. These are all included in the policy and are available below.

Training

Training is offered on best practice in working with the rep system and is provided by the Student Experience and Success Team.  Information and booking details can be found via the development programme for staff webpages.

Consultation

We aim to consult with staff for feedback on how we can improve the rep system, as such the student representation system is reviewed on an annual basis. We are also happy to hold reviews with teams or individual staff members at any point during the academic year to discuss issues, concerns or feedback relating to the rep system.  

All queries should be directed to studentexperience@bradford.ac.uk.

Support for Students

Further support for students, including information regarding training for reps, can be found on the UBU website.