Course Representatives

Course Reps represent the academic interests of fellow students on their course and year group. They are an official first point of contact between students, University staff and the Union.

Course Reps seek students’ opinions on aspects of their course such as: learning resources, facilities, teaching, assessments and feedback, and they strive to use these opinions to improve the University experience. In doing so, they also attend relevant meetings in the University and in the Union throughout the year where they represent their peers. They are provided with training from the Union which enables them to deal with various issues or point students in the right direction to receive support and guidance.

They work together with other Course Reps and their Faculty Reps to ensure the students’ voice is heard and listened to. Course Reps are valued and supported by both the University and the Union. Being a Course Rep provides a unique opportunity to meet students from across the University, plus a chance to develop a wide range of skills whilst building confidence and gaining valuable experience that will look great on the CV.

Key Dates 2020

Our Training provisions and plans for the 2020/21 Academic year will be announced soon, so check this page regularly!

Rep Conference

Our Rep Conferences are our flagship training event every year, with over 400 students attending to share ideas and work collaboratively to make the Student Experience at Portsmouth the best it can be.

We provide thought inspiring presentations, practical training on how to change things that matter to you and a great atmosphere to network with like minded people.

We will be announcing our offering for 2020/21 soon, so check back regularly!

Key Contacts

Academic Representation Officer

Ed Walls

Student Focus Lead

Jon Scowen

Student Focus Coordinator


Link staff member for: HSS and TEC faculties


Student Focus Coordinator

Link staff member for: SAH and Collaborative Partners

Jordan Howard

Student Focus Coordinator


Link staff member for: BAL and CCI Faculties

Tom Radbourne

Faculty Reps

Faculty Reps are a vital link between students, Course Reps, Students’ Union and University staff. They work closely with Course Reps in their faculty to identify the most common issues and areas of best practice, which they will then put forward at Faculty meetings and other senior level meetings. 

Faculty Reps are also members of their respective Faculty Networks, where Course Reps meet to discuss current issues within the Faculty, share best practice and build campaigns. 

Faculty Reps are a part of the Union Actioning Body committee, which is the primary decision making body for all UPSU campaigns and democratic matters, where Faculty Reps work particularly closely with the Faculty Network Chair, fellow UAB members and the Academic Representation Officer.

Business and Law Faculty Rep -

Creative & Cultural Industry Faculty Rep -

Humanities and Social Science Faculty Rep -

Science and Health Faculty Rep -

Technology Faculty Rep -

Recruitment for 2020/21 Faculty Reps is due to take place in October 2020, if you have any Faculty related issues, please email

Associate Deans of Students (ADS)

Each University Faculty has an Associate Dean of Students (known as an ADS). They are responsible for implementing the Course Rep Scheme in their Faculties and represent an important point of contact if you need to escalate issues. You may also find them a useful source of knowledge if you require additional information. A list of the University's ADSs can be found below. 

Course Rep of the Month

About the Award

Each month we run our Course Rep of the Month award. This award is given to a Course Rep who has excelled in their role, going above and beyond to represent their students. Students and staff can submit their nominations monthly with the award being announced in the first week of each month. 

To be in with a shot of winning the award a Course Rep must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a proactive Course Rep.
  • Be able to deal with an issue before it becomes a bigger problem. 
  • Be able to feedback on all students' views, not just a few voices. 
  • Effectively uses course surveys, StART, Moodle, social media and speaks up in lectures to gain students' voices and views. 
  • Work closely with Student Voice Coordinators, Course Leaders and the Students' Union to represent the student voice.


2020/21 Winners of the Course Rep of the Month

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December - 

January -




Course Rep of the Year 


You may find these resources useful in your role. We will update this page with additional resources and training opportunities throughout the year.

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