Student leadership and representation

Student representation is very important at Bristol. Staff and students work together at all levels to improve the student experience.

You can have your say and bring about change by voting in elections, attending meetings or standing for election in academic societies or Students' Union committees and roles.

Student representation within the University

It is important for the student voice to be recognised within the University and to be heard by those who are thinking about studying here. Have your voice heard through focus groups and feedback sessions with various departments within the University.

Student representation with Bristol SU

Bristol SU is a democracy, meaning that students elect their fellow students to lead the SU and represent the student body. Leadership and representation roles vary, from leading on student experience in halls of residence to full-time officers focusing on improving student experience at Bristol.

Course reps

Every single course and year group has its own course rep whose main responsibility is to collate and communicate the views of their coursemates at termly student-staff liaison committee meetings.

Acting as a course rep offers many opportunities:

  • networking with other course reps
  • gaining contacts and building relationships with University staff
  • developing key employability skills such as negotiation, assertiveness, problem-solving, teamwork and project planning
  • enhancing your CV and improving your confidence.

Elected course reps will receive training and support from the Students' Union.

Student representation on external networks

You are the experts on education because you are experiencing learning and teaching every day. As a result, you can be a useful voice and offer an interesting perspective to business and education strategies. These opportunities have either involved infrequent face-to-face committee or network meetings, or have been remote opportunities where all interaction is done online via video conferencing or messaging services. For example, you could become a board member to advise Jisc on their business strategy or search for opportunities to become a school governor.

Your feedback

Making your views known is important as it can help to improve the university experience for you and for future students. The University seeks feedback from students in the following ways:

  • feedback forms for individual teaching units
  • surveys on specific topics
  • course reps in each school
  • student-staff liaison committees
  • student representation on major University committees.

Track your skills

Reflect on, record, and develop the skills you are learning through student representation. 

Being an Ambassador for Student Services has made me aware of the breadth of issues students face and I have come to learn about the many ways the university can provide support. I have been able to improve my communication and customer service skills as I get to talk to so many different people. The Student Services team is wonderful, and it is a great part-time job located at the heart of campus. The experience also counts towards my Bristol PLUS Award.

Siham (Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), Student Ambassador
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