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 such as:

  • time-tabling
  • missed tuition
  • exam schedules
  • assessment frequency and methods
  • placement standards
  • equipment standards and allocation

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.

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. It is a great way to gain valuable experience, develop your skills and sort things out for yourself and your class colleagues!

Give some thought to whether you want to be a Programme Rep. The time commitment is pretty low (just a few hours each month) and you will learn a lot from the experience. Your Programme Leader should ask 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.

Meet and network with passionate, positive people
Develop your inter-personal skills
Develop effective working relationships with teaching staff
Boost your CV and improve your employability
Make changes at the University

The Role of a Programme Rep

  • 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.

ENSA will provide online induction training and tips on how to be an effective Rep. We will also send you regular info updates throughout the year and, if you hit problems, our Co-President for Education & Employability 21/22, Matthew, is here to help you. You can contact him at

If you'd like to find about more ways you can participate in activities and conversations which can influence the quality of learning and teaching at the University, and improve the experiences of our students, check out the Student Voice pages on MyNapier.

Matthew Akinpelu
President for Education & Employability

Matthew is ENSA’s President for Education & Employability. If you need any information or advice about anything relating to being a rep, the ENSA 50 or volunteering, contact Matthew and he will tell you all you need to know.

Email Matthew