Academic representation in higher education
Course representation systems are the best-established vehicles for students to engage in dialogue with academics about their education. Often this is limited to provision of feedback and raising issues rather than driving change.
Our work on course reps is focused on developing working systems where course reps have clear roles, are effectively trained and supported by their students’ union and in which the union has a good understanding of what issues are important to students across the different courses, departments, schools or faculties.
We are also concerned with the ways that course reps can develop a relationship of partnership with academics to co-produce courses and enhance their educational environment, goals that are explained in our Manifesto for Partnership.
Manifesto for Partnership
A Tour of UK Further and Higher Education
NUS engages with a number of bodies throughout the education sector to make sure students’ rights are considered in decision making. These bodies span all four nations and are responsible for a range of aspects throughout the further and higher education sectors.
• Department for Education
• Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
• Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
• Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
• Universities UK (UUK)
• Association of Colleges (AoC)
• Higher Education Statistics Agency
• Higher Education Academy
• Quality Assurance Agency
• Office of Fair Access
• Scottish Funding Council
• Quality Assurance Agency Scotland
• Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
• Quality Assurance Agency Wales
• Universities Wales
• Department for Employment and Learning
• Quality Assurance Agency Northern Ireland