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It’s reassuring to know that there is always a student in your department - one of your peers - speaking up on your behalf. The knowledge that there are students at all levels making sure the people taking the big decisions about your education are taking your views into account is something we take real pride in.

Whatever UCL department you belong to, your reps will work with staff to represent your views, let staff know what you most enjoy, resolve any problems students are experiencing, and improve the quality of your education. The Union provides support to the representatives to help them do their job well, and also uses reps to make sure that the we’re aware of what’s happening all across UCL. This means can do work to improve education across UCL as a whole that is fresh, relevant, and produces action on the things you care about. 

Find your rep here

Course Reps

Find out what your coursemates think about your teaching, programme and course in general. If there are improvements to be made, you’ll have the power and support to work with staff to make them happen. The role needs around 15 hours per term - not much for the chance to create an environment where students and staff work together to build a better education.

See the full role description here

Research Student reps

Do you like the sound of representing your fellow students, but don’t study on a course? Research Students also need representation, and you’ll provide it, working with department staff to made sure that the students you represent have everything they need to succeed.

See the full role description here

Lead Department Reps

Go one step further and take a lead on representing students in your department. In addition to the above, you’ll be the key point of contact for departmental staff and the Faculty Rep. You’ll also Co-Chair the student-staff committee meetings with a member of staff, and be the main liaison between the Union and the other reps in your department.

See the full role description here

Faculty Reps

Be the voice of students in your faculty. You’ll work with the Union to spot trends for improvement in the feedback you get from your departments and raise them at the Faculty Teaching Committee. You’ll also be a member of Union Council, where you have the chance to ensure that Union decisions are for the good for your Faculty, or instigate changes you want to see.

See the full role description here

How to get involved

Contact a member of staff on your programme to find out more and to let them know that you would like to be an Academic Representative. Lead Department Representatives will be selected from amongst the group of Course and Research Student Representatives in each Department. To find out more contact us at

Faculty Representatives are elected through elections hosted by the Students’ Union in term one. If you’d like to stand for election for this role next year, you can speak to someone before making a decision, contact us at for answers to your questions or to arrange a chat.