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Student Representation

Student representation is an important way for students to engage with the University.  It is also a long established method that students use to boost their skills and employability. 

We provide a number of ways for you become involved as a student rep.  You might become a class representative, or serve on a University committee.  There are also occasional opportunities to become involved with short term representation opportunities such as subject reviews and various focus groups that are held.  They are an opportunity to inform decision making that directly affects you as a student, as well as contributing to enhancements that will impact students in the future.

Class representatives

Class Reps are the link between staff and students. They play an important role in enhancing student satisfaction in learning, as well as the overall student experience through facilitating communication and working in partnership with staff to make positive changes.

Benefits of becoming a class rep:

  • Improve the learning experience for you, fellow students and future students.
  • Enhance the relationships you have with staff and other students.
  • Opportunities to meet other students.
  • Gain new skills that are good for future employment.
  • Log hours for Student Rep activities with volunteer awards programmes.


Electing a class rep

Your lecturer will arrange for your class to elect a class rep by the end of September.  Sometimes it may be necessary to hold a vote if there are several students in the class volunteering to be the Class Rep. A simple show of hands will suffice in these occasions.  Your lecturer will then pass on the elected students’ name and contact details to appropriate staff / Students’ Associations. All Class reps will receive full training to enable them to carry out their role.

Training of class reps

The following staff are available to train class reps:

, North Highland College
, Shetland College
, Lews Castle College
, West Highland College
, Argyll College
, Sabhal Mor Ostaig
, SAMS
, Moray College
and , Inverness College

, HISA
, Student Services, Executive Office

Executive Office staff are available to train class reps at any academic partner, please contact us at studentengagement@uhi.ac.uk if you would like to book one of us to train your reps.

We can also run training sessions to train further class rep trainers.  If you would like to become a class rep trainer, please let us know at studentengagement@uhi.ac.uk 

An information sheet on class reps for staff has been prepared.  

Students serving on committees

The University is committed to supporting you as a student rep.  When you join a University committee you will receive information about that committee, and how you can best serve on it.  A Protocol for Students on Committees has been written and is available to assist you to get the most from the experience.  Please feel free to pass on this template to the clerk of any committee you are a member of, and they will be pleased to supply you with a customised version relevant to the committee you are joining.

Students on committees protocol (template - committee clerks can complete information specific to your committee).  A Gaelic version of the protocol is also available

Further information on student representation in Scotland is available from sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland) an agency which puts students at the heart of decisions being made about the quality and governance of the learning experience.