School of Social and Political Science

Student Representatives

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There is an extensive system of student representation in place to ensure students get to have their say at programme, School and University level.

 

Programme-level representation

Each taught MSc programme and PG research subject area appoint one or more student representatives (usually during Welcome Week), who convey students' views to the Programme Directors (for MSc programmes) and Postgraduate Advisors (for PhD students) throughout the year. Student reps also participate in various meetings within the School to represent the views and opinions of their fellow students.

As a Programme Rep within SPS, and to have the role recorded on your HEAR certificate, your responsibilities will be to:

  • successfully complete the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) Programme Rep Basic Online Training (or Refresher training if you have been a University of Edinburgh Programme Rep before)
  • successfully complete the short Programme Rep Handover Document
  • actively work with the support of EUSA and the subject areas to gather feedback, thoughts and ideas from the students they represent
  • attend and actively contribute to Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) meetings (at least two per academic year)
  • close the feedback loop by letting the students you represent know how feedback was communicated in the SSLCs, what resolutions and recommendations emerged in relation to this feedback, and any actions taken in reference to these. 

Current list of postgraduate programme representatives (.doc download, 17KB)

School-level representation

Each School at the University elects three School Representatives in the Edinburgh University Students' Union (EUSA) elections – a School Convenor, a PG Vice Convenor and a UG Vice Convenor. Both PGT and PGR students are eligible for these first two positions.

The role of the School Convenor is to represent the needs and interests of all students in the School, at all years of study, whilst the Postgraduate Vice Convenor has particular responsibility for ensuring that the needs of PGT and PGR students are effectively represented.

Students can stand for either of these positions in the By-Election in October.

More information on the EUSA website

University-level representation

The EUSA also elects a Postgraduate Convenor who represents all PG students at the University. This student convenes the PG Group - a committee where PG School Reps and Class Reps can attend to work together on issues affecting postgrads across the University. All elected reps will find out more information about these meetings throughout the year.

More information on representation in the Edinburgh University Students' Association section.

Sharing your University email address with Representatives

Your University email address will be shared with your nominated Class or Programme Representatives. Class and Programme Representatives will only receive the University email addresses of the cohort they represent. If for any reason you do not want your email address to be provided to your Class or Programme Representatives you should email pgtaught.sps@ed.ac.uk. Sharing student University email addresses will allow Programme Representatives to effectively gather views from all students they represent.

Further information on student representation can be found in your programme handbook and on the University Quality page.

Student feedback

We also seek student feedback in the following ways:

  • each course organiser invites feedback midway through the course at the end of the semester. This forms the basis for the course organiser's annual report on the course and is reviewed by the School Quality Assurance officers and in the external review of the School, conducted by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • informal feedback to Course Organisers, Programme Directors and School Officers is welcome at any time.
Student category
Postgraduate