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Academic reps are the students who volunteer to link together the University and the day to day student experience. Every course has two reps in each year. They listen to the students on the course, sort out one off issues by talking to the University staff and raise other issues at student panel and course committee meeting. Academic reps are the people to give feedback to about how your course is going (the good and the not so good). So find out early who they are and keep talking to them from day one until graduation. They should come into place really early on in term one and say hello to everyone on the course – so look out for them making contact and tell them how things are going.

Academic reps have influenced the University to:

• Change deadlines for submissions of work

• Invite more guest lecturers

• Put on extra study sessions

• Accessed more data storage for students

• Provide additional lab coats

• Implement lecture capture across campus

And lots more like this...


Hiya! I’m Tom Rolls, Huddersfield Students’ Union Education Officer for 2020-2021. I was elected by students to represent you on education matters, and I also work on my own projects making student life better.
My journey started out when I became an Academic Rep in my first year to tackle hidden course costs - after collecting student feedback, speaking with Academics and with help from the Education Officer at the time, we finished on a student win!
I continued to be an Academic Rep, from which many more opportunities presented themselves. This started at Coffee Cake and Reps, our weekly Coffee and Cake session for Academic Reps, and led to me working part-time in the SU as an Academic Rep Team Member, running and winning the role of NUS delegate and founding a new Academic Society. Then in my final year of study I ran and won the position of Education Officer. It has been an exciting journey for sure, and it is not over yet!
This year I will be working on Student Voice and Equality in Education. This means a big focus on an area of the student body that I know very well – Academic Reps. I am really excited to continue working with all of you this year in my new role. If you have any questions you can reach me on my social media and email, although you will no doubt see me at virtual (and hopefully physical!) events in the year ahead. We can do this!