You've probably heard *something* about the student rep elections that are taking place 7-10 March. If you're still a little unsure what it's all about, here's what you need to know:
A lot of people! You don’t have to vote for all the positions, only the ones that are relevant to you, but the full list of roles includes:
Union Affairs Officer, Equality, Liberation and Access Officer, Student Living Officer, Sport and Student Development Officer, Undergraduate Education Officer, Postgraduate Education Officer.
Education Reps: Faculty Reps, Course Reps
Identity Reps: Women's Officer, BME Students Officer, LGBT+ Students Officer, Disabled Students Officer, International Students Officer, Mature and Part Time Officer, Widening Participation Officer
Interest Reps: Chair of Student Council, Societies Chair, Sports Chair, Volunteering Chair, RAG Chair, Sustainability Chair
Well. Obviously they do a lot of different things, but their job across the board is basically to look out for Bristol students. They might be organising events to help you get to know people on your course (or just to blow off steam!), or lobbying the University for more books in the library or to diversify the curriculum. Your student rep network are responsible for organising Varsity, helping you to get the fairest deal on your student housing and overseeing our network of 350 student groups. Every single student at Bristol is affected by the actions of our reps, even if you don’t realise it!
In the past few years, student reps have:
These reps are usually in post for just one year. That means that they can only focus on a few key things. You want to make sure that the reps who are voted in are the ones who are going to focus on the issues that are most important to you. It could make a big difference to your time at University.