Become a Rep!

At USI we seek to improve education every day through standing up for students and ensuring they have strong representation nationally. Our member Students’ Unions work within their college setting to change things for students by working with college leadership. But we need you too!
 
Class Reps (or Course Reps as they are sometimes known!) work all across Ireland to improve the lives of students and to make sure their education is everything they wanted it to be. By running for election to be a Class Rep you are stepping up as a leader and representative and you can make an a real difference to college life and the rights of students.
 
Class Reps are a key liaison between academic staff and their classmates, they can sit on committees, raise issues informally and formally, survey student opinion, suggest changes, and work on exciting projects! They work with their Students’ Union to ensure the student voice is being heard and they can work on the issues that matter to them and their Class.
 
Here at USI we think Class Reps are the foundation of the national student movement. You are the grassroots that makes big things happen!
 
So why not run for Class Rep? You can find out how to do that in your college on our interactive map!
What are Class Reps?

Class Reps represent their classmates and peers on the issues affecting them in their education, especially on academic issues like course material, online resources, or other things that arise during your programme of study!

They work with their lecturers and academic staff to bring up relevant issues and concerns, to try out new ideas, and make suggestions and plans for positive change in your course, Department, or even across the college.

Class Reps also work to bring issues to the Students’ Union when they might not have been resolved with staff. They can also get involved in all the great campaigns and initiatives the Students’ Union runs to engage students and to support them during their education. You might even have some ideas for the Students’ Union that they could work on!

Why does USI want you to consider running to be a Rep?

Reps are crucial to ensuring that the student voice is heard during your college experience. Over the years Reps have achieved lots of wins that have benefited students, in their own class, across their college, and even at a national level!

USI wouldn’t have achieved the big wins if it weren’t for all the hard work and dedication of thousands of Reps all across Ireland.

Without you, we couldn’t do the work that we do on fighting student loans, improving teaching and learning, campaigning on mental health, and raising all sorts of issues that affect the lives of our 374,000 members!

What’s this?

Want to run to become a Rep? Check out how to run and get elected in your college, find out what the Rep does, if there are any cool rewards, and how you can get involved in making change happen! Our handy map should help you find out more and you can see what Reps do all across Ireland.

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Queen's University Belfast Students' Union

  • Number of students: 24000 incl 5500 postgrads
  • Class Representatives: 815
  • Nominations open: TBC – they will be open from approx mid-September for 3 weeks!
  • Elections: 9 Oct
  • Website: http://www.qubsu.org/change/
  • Email: change@qub.ac.uk

There are 797 Course Rep positions and 15 School Reps! Reps receive training from the Students’ Union after they have been elected. Training sessions are run in each School.

Reps are a vital link between there class and academic staff, sitting on Student Staff Consultative Committees where they can raise issues, and last year they were vital in gathering feedback on big changes at QUB. School Reps also work with the Union and their School staff to improve education at Queen’s!

Reps can apply for Degree Plus and could be nominated for the Education Awards at the end of the year.

Waterford Institute of Technology Students' Union

  • Number of students: 6500 full-time and 2500 part-time
  • Class Representatives: 
  • Nominations and elections: Most elections will be held between 10th and 21st September in class. Nominations can remain open until 10th October if required.
  • Website: http://www.witsu.ie/your-su/your-union/class-reps/
  • Facebook: @witsu
  • Email: education@witsu.ie 

Keep an eye out for the SU team, Convenors, and some of last years Class Reps! They’ll be promoting the role and electing Reps in class during the first few weeks.

Class Reps receive training from the SU and from NStEP. They’ll attend regular meetings of the Class Rep Councils, where they can raise issues and shape the work of the Union.

At the end of the year there are Class Rep awards with a night of celebration of the work of Reps. You can also become a Convenor at the last Class Rep Council of the year!

Trinity College Dublin Students' Union

Voting is arranged in two on-campus locations (Arts Block & Hamilton) and arranged off campus in 3 locations (St. James Hospital, D’Olier Street & TBSI). Some courses start back earlier and elections are arranged online via Google Forms.

There are also School and Faculty Convenors, and lots of opportunities to shape education at Trinity! Reps can be rewarded during the year and their are Awards at the end of the year.

Ulster University Students' Union (Coleraine Campus)

  • Number of students: 25000
  • Class Representatives: 750 Course Reps and 50 Senior Reps
  • Nominations open: 17 Sept – 5 Oct
  • Elections: 10 Oct – 14 Oct
  • Website: https://www.uusu.org/voice/
  • Email: Mandy Mulholland, Student Voice Manager – m.mulholland@uusu.org

The nominations and elections held in Semester 1 are for first years, foundation years, those returning from placement, postgrads, and for any unfilled positions. In Semester 2 (April) Course Reps for second year and up, School/Department Reps, and Faculty Reps are elected. Keep an eye out for those opportunities later in the year!

Training is delivered every Wednesday across all four campuses from Week 2 until Week 5 by Student Trainers. Reps are a vital link between their class, SU, and the University.

There are lots of opportunities to improve education, including working with the new Student Partnership Framework and the Student Voice Conference. At the end of the year you could be recognised for your work at the Learning and Teaching Awards (LTAs)!

Ulster University Students' Union (Magee Campus)

  • Number of students: 25000
  • Class Representatives: 750 Course Reps and 50 Senior Reps
  • Nominations open: 17 Sept – 5 Oct
  • Elections: 10 Oct – 14 Oct
  • Website: https://www.uusu.org/voice/
  • Email: Mandy Mulholland, Student Voice Manager – m.mulholland@uusu.org

The nominations and elections held in Semester 1 are for first years, foundation years, those returning from placement, postgrads, and for any unfilled positions. In Semester 2 (April) Course Reps for second year and up, School/Department Reps, and Faculty Reps are elected. Keep an eye out for those opportunities later in the year!

Training is delivered every Wednesday across all four campuses from Week 2 until Week 5 by Student Trainers. Reps are a vital link between their class, SU, and the University.

There are lots of opportunities to improve education, including working with the new Student Partnership Framework and the Student Voice Conference. At the end of the year you could be recognised for your work at the Learning and Teaching Awards (LTAs)!

Ulster University Students' Union (Belfast Campus)

  • Number of students: 25000
  • Class Representatives: 750 Course Reps and 50 Senior Reps
  • Nominations open: 17 Sept – 5 Oct
  • Elections: 10 Oct – 14 Oct
  • Website: https://www.uusu.org/voice/
  • Email: Mandy Mulholland, Student Voice Manager – m.mulholland@uusu.org

The nominations and elections held in Semester 1 are for first years, foundation years, those returning from placement, postgrads, and for any unfilled positions. In Semester 2 (April) Course Reps for second year and up, School/Department Reps, and Faculty Reps are elected. Keep an eye out for those opportunities later in the year!

Training is delivered every Wednesday across all four campuses from Week 2 until Week 5 by Student Trainers. Reps are a vital link between their class, SU, and the University.

There are lots of opportunities to improve education, including working with the new Student Partnership Framework and the Student Voice Conference. At the end of the year you could be recognised for your work at the Learning and Teaching Awards (LTAs)!

Ulster University Students' Union (Jordanstown Campus)

  • Number of students: 25000
  • Class Representatives: 750 Course Reps and 50 Senior Reps
  • Nominations open: 17 Sept – 5 Oct
  • Elections: 10 Oct – 14 Oct
  • Website: https://www.uusu.org/voice/
  • Email: Mandy Mulholland, Student Voice Manager – m.mulholland@uusu.org

The nominations and elections held in Semester 1 are for first years, foundation years, those returning from placement, postgrads, and for any unfilled positions. In Semester 2 (April) Course Reps for second year and up, School/Department Reps, and Faculty Reps are elected. Keep an eye out for those opportunities later in the year!

Training is delivered every Wednesday across all four campuses from Week 2 until Week 5 by Student Trainers. Reps are a vital link between their class, SU, and the University.

There are lots of opportunities to improve education, including working with the new Student Partnership Framework and the Student Voice Conference. At the end of the year you could be recognised for your work at the Learning and Teaching Awards (LTAs)!

South West College (SWC) Students' Union

Enniskillen Campus: Fairview, 1 Dublin Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh BT74 6AE

Dungannon Campus: Circular Road, Dungannon, Tyrone BT71 6BQ

Omagh Campus: 2 Mountjoy Road, Omagh, BT79 7AH

College of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Students' Union

Cookstown Campus: 76 Dungannon Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 9AA

Greenmount Campus: 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS

Enniskillen Campus: 2 Mullaghmeen Rd, Levaghy, Enniskillen BT744GF

North West Regional College (NWRC) Students' Union

Derry Campus: Strand Road, Londonderry, BT48 7AL

Limavady Campus: Main Street, Limavady BT49 0EX

Greystone Campus: 11 Greystone Road, Limavady BT49 0ND

Strabane Campus: Derry Road, Strabane BT82 8DX

Northern Regional College (NRC) Students' Union

Ballymena Campus (1): Trostan Avenue, Ballymena, Co. Antrim BT43 7BN

Ballymena Campus (2): Farm Lodge Building, Ballymena, Antrim BT43 7DF

Coleraine Campus: Union Street, Coleraine, L’Derry BT52 1QA

Newtownabbey Campus: 400 Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Antrim BT37 9RS

Magherafelt Campus: 22 Moneymore Road, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, BT45 6AE

Ballymoney Campus: 2 Coleraine Road, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim BT53 6BP

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Students' Union

Bangor Campus: Castle Park Road, Bangor, Co. Down BT20 4TD

Newtownards Campus: Victoria Avenue, Newtownards, Co Down BT23 7ED

Downpatrick Campus: Market Street, Downpatrick, Co Down BT30 6ND

Lisburn Campus: 25 Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4SU

Southern Regional College (SRC) Students' Union

Newry Campus: Patrick Street, Newry, Co Down BT35 8DN

Banbridge Campus: Castlewellan Road, Banbridge, Co Down BT32 4LY

Portadown Campus: 36 Lurgan Road, Portadown, Co Armagh BT63 5BL

Armagh Campus: College Hill, Lisnally Lane, Armagh, Co Down BT61 7HN

Lurgan Campus: 36-44 Lurgan Road, Portadown, BT63 5BL

Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) Students' Union

St. Mary's University College Students' Union

Training is held before the first Class Rep meeting, of which there are usually 2 meetings per term. INTO are providing pizza and other goodies throughout the year!

 

Stranmillis University College Students' Union

Elections are run online and Rep training will then take place on October 25th, before the first Rep meeting. Reps are trained by the SU Academic Secretary so that they can take up their role, working with college staff, changing courses and content for their students benefit!

St. Angela's College Sligo Students' Union

Elections are usually held in class and the name of the Rep is provided to the SU. Class Reps are trained up in late September so that they can carry out their role, often representing students to staff about issues of placement and exams.

Reps sit on the SU Class Rep Council where the SU Executive report to Reps. Reps receive hoodies in recognition of all their work on behalf of students!

Maynooth Students' Union

Elections are held online to elect MSU’s Academic Reps, who then receive training from the SU and from NStEP.

Reps work on the issues that matter to their students in their Department. Reps can also receive a digital badge, which sets out the experience and skills they have from their time representing students, working with the college and the SU.

You can find out more about the digital badge at: http://www.msu.ie/education/msu-digital-badges.html

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Students' Union

Reps are trained up for their roles on October 10th so that they are empowered to represent their students to the college and the SU. Reps sit on Class Rep Council on the first Wednesday of every month, where they can raise issues to the Sabbatical Officers and decide on the work of the Union.

Institute of Technology Sligo Students' Union

Students can nominate themselves or a classmate that they think would be great at the role! Elections are then held in class. Reps attend Class Rep Council where they can propose items to be discussed, raise student issues to the Officers, and decide on the Union’s work. After Council Reps receive free Supermacs and there are also opportunities to get a hoodie! At the end of the year there will be awards for attendance and engagement, recognising all the work Reps do for students.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Students' Union

Watch out for emails and the SU promoting the importance of the role! The SU will then hold elections in class. Training by the SU and by NStEP happens in mid-October.

Class Reps attend Class Rep Council every two months, and are involved in all sorts of issues in the SU and in the college.

A new digital badge has been introduced so that Reps can demonstrate their experience and skills from the role. The SU is also developing a new Senior Rep mentorship and awards!

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Students' Union

Athlone Institute of Technology Students' Union

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Students' Union

Carlow College Students' Union

Your Students’ Union will be doing class addresses to let you know more about the importance of the Class Rep role to Carlow College students. Nominations should be submitted by email with a little bit about why you’d like to take on the role! Elections will take place online, with all details of the candidates so that students can cast an informed vote.

There are 2 Reps per class – so there are up to 40 Reps in total. Class Reps receive training from the SU and from NStEP. Class Rep meetings are well attended and Reps can receive references from the SU. There are plans for an awards scheme at the end of the year!

Cork Institute of Technology Students' Union

The SU will be informing first years during orientation all about the Class Rep role before elections start! Candidates get a chance to tell their class about themselves and why they’d like to do the role, and can answer questions. There’s loads of info on the CITSU website and you can register as a Class Rep there after you have been elected. The SU strives to ensure there is a gender balance in class representation and will elect mature student reps.

The SU and NStEP provide training in October, and there is Class Rep Training 2.0 in October. Class Reps can attend regular SU Council meetings to steer the direction of the Union.

Reps are rewarded at an Awards Ceremony at the end of the year, which is attended by the College President and Registrar. Every Rep receives a certificate, while there are also 6 Rep of the Year Awards and a Presidential Citation Award for extraordinary participation.

Institute of Technology Tralee Students' Union

First years can find out all about being a Class Rep during the FYI Academic Week. To become a Class Rep you must gather signatures from more than 50% of your class mates and hand in your nomination to the SU.

The SU and NStEP provide training in October. Reps attend regular meetings of Class Rep Council where they make decisions about the work of the SU.

At the end of the year Reps are treated to an Awards night and can win a number of awards including International Class Rep of the Year and Overall Class Rep of the Year!

Institute of Technology Carlow Students' Union

Class Reps are elected in class if the SU receives enough nominations. You can find the form on the website!

Class Reps attend regular Class Rep Councils where they can make decisions on the work on the Union. Reps receive training from the SU and from NStEP. There is also an awards night at the end of the year!

Limerick Institute of Technology Students' Union

  • Number of students: 6099
  • Class Representatives: 200+
  • Nominations open: 10 Sept – 28 Sept
  • Elections: Elections are run in class if there are enough candidates
  • Website: http://www.lit.ie/StudentsUnion/default.aspx
  • Facebook: @LITStudentsUnion

Keep an eye out for the Students’ Union team who will be promoting the Class Rep roles in mid-September!

Reps will receive training from the SU and from NStEP, and can attend regular meetings of Class Rep Council where they make decisions about the work of the Union. During the year there will be lots to get involved in and rewards for active Reps!

Contact your campus Officers for more info. For details see the LITSU website!

University College Cork Students' Union

College Reps will be going round classes to tell students all about the role of Class Rep and asking for nominations! If an election is needed, it will be held in class.

Training is provided in October by the SU and by NStEP. Reps attend regular meetings of Class Rep Council which is the major decision-making body of the SU, and where issues can be raised!

There are awards at the end of the year to reward Reps for all the work they do for students!

Contact info for the Education Officer and College Reps can be found on the UCCSU website!

Dublin City University (DCU) Students' Union

  • Number of students: 17000, incl 2000 postgrads
  • Class Representatives: 300-400
  • Nominations open: 24 Sept – 3 Oct
  • Elections: Voting will be run online this year for the first time from 10 Oct – 11 Oct
  • Website: http://www.dcusu.ie/
  • Facebook: @dcustudentsunion
  • Email: karl@dcusu.ie

Class Reps will be trained by the SU and NStEP to represent their class. Reps sit on Programme Boards and this year will be a part of new Staff/Student Forums.

Reps attend regular Class Rep Councils making decisions on the work of the SU and raising issues their students are facing.

There will be a Class Rep Bonding and an awards night at the end of the year, so there are lots of rewards for representing your class!

Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire (IADT) Students' Union

  • Number of students: 3000, incl 200 postgrads
  • Class Representatives: 150
  • Nominations open: 10 Sept – 21 Sept
  • Elections: Elections are run in class from 24 Sept to 26 Sept with your Tutor
  • Website: https://www.iadtsu.ie/
  • Facebook: @iadtsu
  • Email: education.iadt@gmail.com

After elections there are three days of Rep training, separated by Faculty, followed by an LGBTQ+ Training that all Reps can attend. NStEP will also run training sessions later in the Semester.

Reps attend regular Class Rep Councils deciding on the work of the Union and raising issues affecting students. Reps will be rewarded after Christmas with hoodies!

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Students' Union

Elections are carried out in class by the SUs team of College Officers!

Training is provided by the SU on 11 and 12 October and then by NStEP. Reps attend Campus meetings with the College Officer, elect Student Councillors, and attend Programme Committee Meetings with college staff. They also work with School Reps, bringing about change in the Union and in the college!

At the end of the year there are Awards for Class Reps, recognising all the work they do for their students.

Find out more about your Students’ Union team here: https://www.ditsu.ie/about/team/

Institute of Technology Tallaght Students' Union

  • Number of students: 3000 full-time and 3000 part-time
  • Class Representatives: 80
  • Nominations open: Nominations for 1st years open 10 Sept, and for 2nd year and above on 17 Sept
  • Elections: Nominations close when the SU arrives in class to elect the Reps! Elections end by 5 Oct
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITTallaghtSU/
  • Email: sueducation@ittdublin.ie 

Reps attend regular Class Rep Councils and raise issues affecting their students by working with the SU and the college. Reps receive training from the SU and from NStEP. At the end of the year Reps will receive certificates and there will be awards!

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Students' Union

Reps will receive training in October by the SU, and this will be followed by NStEP training. Reps work with the Union and lecturers to make change happen for their students. They also attend Class Rep Council meetings and make decisions about the work of the Union.

There are hoodies and awards at the end of the year for all the work they do!

National College of Ireland Students' Union

National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Students' Union

Carlow College of Further Education and Training (CIFET) Students' Council

Class Reps can receive rewards and awards from their Students’ Union in recognition of all their efforts to represent students.

Here at USI we run the annual Student Achievement Awards Ireland (SAAI) towards the end of the academic year.

Could you be our next Class Rep of the Year?

You can find out more at here.