A Junior Common Room (JCR) is a student committee that is elected every year to represent students within their residences. Most committees meet around once or twice a fortnight and will spend their time representing all your voices and interests, as well as coordinating a diverse social calendar and organising activities that you have asked for.
At the start of the year you pay a JCR fee, which means you can have your say about what activities and events you would like to happen in your residences.
How the JCR Committee feed into representation:
The Student Living Officer is a full-time elected student who is responsible for housing and accommodation, student wellbeing, mental health and sustainability. They are there to improve the student experience in those areas and so the JCR Committees can work with and feed into the officer to ensure students' voices are being represented. Being part of your JCR is a fantastic way to immediately become integrated in the wider system of democracy and representation at Bristol SU and the University.
Who is in the JCR?
Each JCR will have a slightly different set up of roles and positions. This is a possible set-up of a JCR, with the grey bubbles representing opportunities for even more positions:
How can I be involved with my JCR?
JCRs are elected annually and you're in luck - it's election time! Nominations open for hundreds of student representative roles across the University as Welcome Week begins, including JCRs, Course Reps, Execs and NUS Delegates. Get involved from step one.
Firstly you have to nominate yourself and create a statement of your intentions for the year. Voting then takes place over the next week and the JCR is elected.
What will I get up to?
Democracy and representation
Producing a diverse social calendar
End of term events
Attend JCR Training / Socials
How can the Students' Union help me?
For the elections we will be providing constant support and guidance for nominees as well as top tips every day during election period.
You can also contact your Senior Residents, SSAs, Wardens and our advice service: Just Ask.