Programme Reps

There are more than 300 Programme Reps – all Edinburgh Napier University 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. There is 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 is 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. ENSA’s system of Programme Representation is recognised as one of the best in Scotland and it is a strength that we hope new students will be able to build on.

Give some thought to whether you want to be a Programme Rep. The time commitment is pretty low and you learn a lot from the experience. Your programme leader should be asking your class for volunteers at the start of term.The University needs student input into its decision-making, to keep it up to date and relevant in what it delivers to its students, and ENSA trains the Reps and provides them with support and advice in making their representations to the University on behalf of their class colleagues.

What is the Role of the Programme Rep

BENEFITS OF BEING A REP
Meet and network with passionate, positive people
Develop your inter-personal skills
Develop effective working relationships with teaching staff
Make changes at the University
  • To make sure your colleagues know that you are the Rep and how they can contact you e.g. create a class facebook group.

  • To build relationships with the students, other Reps, academics and support staff.

  • To actively listen to the students and seek out their views, especially when there are changes to the programme being proposed or there are problems.

  • To always explore with the students what outcomes they want from any representation you make on their behalf.

  • To make sure you represent the majority opinion in class, not only the views of the most outspoken students. 

  • To represent collective views, not your own, nor those of individuals or small groups.

  • Report back after meetings or other representations – close the feedback loop and ensure that you are accountable to your student colleagues.

ENSA will provide induction training and a guidebook on how to be effective. It will also send you regular info updates throughout the year and, if you hit problems, our Vice President Reps and Volunteers, is here to help you.

If you would like more information about becoming a Programme Rep, please email s.finn@napier.ac.uk.

To find out more about Student-Staff Liaison Committees, please read our SSLC guidelines.

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Hannah Markley
VP Reps and Volunteers
VP Reps and Volunteers

Hannah is ENSA’s Vice President Reps & Volunteers. If you need any information or advice about anything relating to being a rep, campaigns or volunteering, contact Hannah and she will tell you all you need to know.

Email Hannah