There are more than 300 programme reps – all Napier students on a programme of study – chosen by their class colleagues to represent them on issues affecting their programme: time-tabling, missed tuition, exam schedules, assessment frequency and methods, placement standards, equipment standards and allocation – the bread and butter issues that underpin your studies.
Reps come from every year of study and every programme, part time and full time, and the reps are students from these programmes. There’s usually more than one rep per class so that the work can be shared between them and no-one has to do too much. It’s good experience for the reps themselves, the University encourages it, and is the best way to sort things out for yourself and your class colleagues. Napier’s system of programme representation is recognised as one of the best in Scotland and it’s a strength that we hope new students will be able to build on.
Give some thought to whether you want to be programme rep. The time commitment is pretty low and you learn a lot from the experience. Watch out for posters and our website – we’ll be looking for reps at the start of each term in late October. Your programme leader should be telling you about it. NSA will provide induction training, a guidebook on how to be effective, it will send you regular info updates throughout the year and, if you hit problems, our Vice President Reps and Volunteers, is here to help you.