As a student, you are encouraged to play a full part in the decision-making processes of the University.
There are many opportunities for you to do so, whether as a Course or School Representative, through the University Re-validation Process as a Student Panel Adviser, or through the University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU).
For more information on the student representation arrangements at Westminster, please also visit the UWSU website and refer to Section 8 of the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Handbook.
Each University course, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, has Course Representatives - students who are elected by their fellow students at the start of each academic year. Course Representatives are expected to collect feedback from students on their course and present this feedback to course leaders at regular meetings throughout the academic year.
It is recommended that you read the information available on this web page before nominating yourself to be a Course Representative. You can find a role description that outlines the expectations of a Course Representative below.
Once elected, all Course Representative should attend a training session organised by UWSU.
Undergraduate Course Representatives who have served for at least one year and all postgraduate Course Representatives are eligible to apply to become a School Representative. School Representatives are appointed jointly by the University’s Quality and Standards Office and UWSU. Each School should have between two and four School Representatives (including at least one postgraduate student).
School Representatives will meet with Heads of School at least once per semester to discuss School matters. The School Representatives will gather feedback from Course Representatives in their School to aid these discussions. School Representatives will sit on the University Student Experience Committee (SEC) to report on School level activities.
School Representatives are appointed on an annual basis each academic year, during recruitment periods which will be publicised on the UWSU websiteGo to the School Representative page on the Students' Union website where you can also access a role description. If you are interested in becoming a School Representative, please contact [email protected] to find out when the next recruitment period will open. Once appointed, all School Representatives will be provided with training by UWSU.
Student Experience Committee
The Student Experience Committee is a university committee which is co-chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the UWSU President. UWSU Vice-Presidents and School Representatives attend meetings of the SEC. The SEC focuses on issues affecting student experience and promotes student engagement at Westminster. Through the SEC student feedback is heard and responded to by staff in senior management positions from across the University.
You can read the minutes of SEC meetings here.
Student Panel Advisers
The University of Westminster gives students the opportunity to be involved in the enhancement of University courses and to assist with improving the academic experience of the student body.
For more information on the Student Panel Adviser role and how to apply, please visit the Student Panel Advisers webpage.
Student Experience and Opinion Panel
The Student Experience and Opinion Panel is a community of University of Westminster students who take part in research activities in exchange for an incentive.
For more information please visit the Student Experience and Opinion Panel page.