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 Academic Reps?

Academic Reps (sometimes called Class or Course 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.

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!

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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: 24,000, including 5,500 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 815
  • Postgraduate Representation: We have a Full-time PG Officer who is supported by two Part-time officers, one for Postgraduate Taught students, and one for Postgraduate Research students. They are supported by Postgraduate School Reps, who in turn work alongside Postgraduate Course Reps
  • Elections: Nominations are open from Monday 21st to Wednesday 30th September. Elections take place on Thursday 8th October

Find Out More:

Visit qubsu.org or email student voice@qub.ac.uk

Reckon you could make a difference on the student experience? We are recruiting our student representatives to help us shape the educational experience! As a volunteer, you will also receive training on leadership, communication and more! Sign up today.

Waterford Institute of Technology Students' Union

  • Number of students: 10,000
  • Number of Reps: 200
  • Postgraduate Representation: WITSU Engages Regularly with our Institute Research Postgraduate Forum as opposed to having a Postgraduate Representative on our WITSU Executive. Postgraduate Representation is also enshrined in the role of the VP Education as per the WITSU Constitution
  • Nominations and Elections: Class Rep nominations will open from the 1st of October and will take place across the first three weeks of October.

Find out more:

Being a Class Rep with WITSU is an incredibly fun and rewarding opportunity. Our Reps are fully trained in all aspects of their role in order to allow them represent their class to the best of their capability as well as being offered further more in depth training opportunities as the year progresses. Being a Class Rep allows you to build on your skill set and allows you to be a strong leading voice for the betterment of you and your peers experience here in WIT. As is the feedback from many former class reps, the experience of being a class rep gives you fantastic oppertuninutes going forward that can be extremely beneficial going into future and in developing your careers so it is extremely encouraged to get involved as you definitely wont regret this experience!

Trinity College Dublin Students' Union

  • Number of Students: 18,000 including 6000 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 500
  • Postgraduate Representation: Postgraduate students are represented by Trinity Graduate Students’ Union.
  • Nominations and Elections: Nominations open 28 September, with elections taking place between 12th and 26th October,

Find out more:

Visit  tcdsu.org or email education@tcdsu.org.

 Every class in college has a representative and it could be you! Class Reps are the glue that holds the entire SU together. Every course and module have different issues and reps are the best way that these can be flagged and rectified. It’s an incredible opportunity to gain skills, meet new people and it can be a lot of fun, so be sure to put your name forward.

 

Ulster University Students' Union (Coleraine Campus)

  • Number of students: 25,000
  • Positions available: 750 Course Reps, 25 School/Dept Reps, and 4 Faculty level Reps
  • Postgraduate Representation: UUSU encourages collective student opinion within Postgraduate Taught courses through our course rep structure. While training and support for this group of students may be adapted to suit their particular needs, it’s important they equally benefit from having academic representation in place. For online programmes or courses with small student numbers, course teams will work with UUSU to provide alternative avenues to ensure the flow of student feedback is valued and responded to.
  • Nominations open: 14th September – 7th October
  • Elections: 7th – 14th October

Find out more:

Visit uusu.org/studentvoice/elections or email Laura Neeson, Academic Representation Coordinator on l.neeson@uusu.org

Central to the ongoing development and success of our academic representation structure we have around 800+ students stepping into the Course Rep role each year. As the largest group of student volunteers here at Ulster, they ensure the student voice is heard and valued on each course and programme. If you are interested in student voice at Ulster and think you would make a great Course Rep, why not nominate yourself and get involved!

Ulster University Students' Union (Magee Campus)

    • Number of students: 25,000
    • Positions available: 750 Course Reps, 25 School/Dept Reps, and 4 Faculty level Reps
    • Postgraduate Representation: UUSU encourages collective student opinion within Postgraduate Taught courses through our course rep structure. While training and support for this group of students may be adapted to suit their particular needs, it’s important they equally benefit from having academic representation in place. For online programmes or courses with small student numbers, course teams will work with UUSU to provide alternative avenues to ensure the flow of student feedback is valued and responded to.
    • Nominations open: 14th September – 7th October
    • Elections: 7th – 14th October

    Find out more:

    Visit uusu.org/studentvoice/elections or email Laura Neeson, Academic Representation Coordinator on l.neeson@uusu.org

    Central to the ongoing development and success of our academic representation structure we have around 800+ students stepping into the Course Rep role each year. As the largest group of student volunteers here at Ulster, they ensure the student voice is heard and valued on each course and programme. If you are interested in student voice at Ulster and think you would make a great Course Rep, why not nominate yourself and get involved!

Ulster University Students' Union (Belfast Campus)

  • Number of students: 25,000
  • Positions available: 750 Course Reps, 25 School/Dept Reps, and 4 Faculty level Reps
  • Postgraduate Representation: UUSU encourages collective student opinion within Postgraduate Taught courses through our course rep structure. While training and support for this group of students may be adapted to suit their particular needs, it’s important they equally benefit from having academic representation in place. For online programmes or courses with small student numbers, course teams will work with UUSU to provide alternative avenues to ensure the flow of student feedback is valued and responded to.
  • Nominations open: 14th September – 7th October
  • Elections: 7th – 14th October

Find out more:

Visit uusu.org/studentvoice/elections or email Laura Neeson, Academic Representation Coordinator on l.neeson@uusu.org

Central to the ongoing development and success of our academic representation structure we have around 800+ students stepping into the Course Rep role each year. As the largest group of student volunteers here at Ulster, they ensure the student voice is heard and valued on each course and programme. If you are interested in student voice at Ulster and think you would make a great Course Rep, why not nominate yourself and get involved!

Ulster University Students' Union (Jordanstown Campus)

  • Number of students: 25,000
  • Positions available: 750 Course Reps, 25 School/Dept Reps, and 4 Faculty level Reps
  • Postgraduate Representation: UUSU encourages collective student opinion within Postgraduate Taught courses through our course rep structure. While training and support for this group of students may be adapted to suit their particular needs, it’s important they equally benefit from having academic representation in place. For online programmes or courses with small student numbers, course teams will work with UUSU to provide alternative avenues to ensure the flow of student feedback is valued and responded to.
  • Nominations open: 14th September – 7th October
  • Elections: 7th – 14th October

Find out more:

Visit uusu.org/studentvoice/elections or email Laura Neeson, Academic Representation Coordinator on l.neeson@uusu.org

Central to the ongoing development and success of our academic representation structure we have around 800+ students stepping into the Course Rep role each year. As the largest group of student volunteers here at Ulster, they ensure the student voice is heard and valued on each course and programme. If you are interested in student voice at Ulster and think you would make a great Course Rep, why not nominate yourself and get involved!

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

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

  •  Number of students: 25,000
  • Number of Reps: 150

Find out more:

Email danny.lyttle@nwrc.ac.uk or speak to your lecturer.

There’s more info on why you should become a rep at NWRC on this video!

 

 

 

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

  • Number of students: 25,000
  • Number of Reps: 1,000
  • Nominations open: 2 September
  • Elections: 2 – 27 September

Find out more:

Visit nrc.ac.uk/college-life/students-union/ 

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

  • Number of students: 29,000
  • Number of Reps: 400
  • Nominations open: 2nd September
  • Elections open: W/c 30th September

Find out more:

Visit the SERC SU Online Hub on Microsoft Teams or email studentsunion@serc.ac.uk.

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

  • Number of students: 31,000

If you’re interested in representing the voice of your class, check your emails for information on how to run to be a class rep!

Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) Students' Union

Find out more:

Visit https://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/life-at-the-met/students-support/students-union/  or email studentsunion@belfastmet.ac.uk

Each class in the College elects a class representative in September. A class representative will feed back on behalf of their classmates at regular meetings with senior management at the College. They play a vital role in the College’s student community and are instrumental in ensuring that the student voice is heard.

The most important requirements for becoming a Student Council member or Class Representative are:
• Enthusiasm
• Dedication
• Ability to represent the views of your class-mates
• Desire to build strong relationships with your classmates and the College

 

 

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. 

 

Stranmillis University College Students' Union

  • Number of students: 1500, incl 150 postgrads
  • Nominations open: 28th September until 5th October

Find out more:

Visit the SU office in Stran House, or email g.crawford@stran.ac.uk for an online version of the nomination form.

This is a great opportunity to represent your classmates, get involved with your Students’ Union, have your voice heard and be the voice of change on your campus!

St. Angela's College Sligo Students' Union

  • Number of students: 1426, including 690 postgrads.
  • Number of Reps: 50
  • Postgraduate Reps: A part time officer for Postgraduate Affairs, who is an equal member of the Students’ Union executive and class reps for the Postgraduate programmes in St Angela’s.
  • Nominations open: TBC, will open when students return in November

Find out more:

Visit facebook.com/stangelas.studentsunion or email suprez@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or sucampaigns@stangelas.nuigalway.ie 

Class reps are required to attend 6 meetings of the Student Representative Council (SRC), 3 meetings in semester 1 and 3 meetings in semester 2. They are held after college hours and on campus, with the exception of the 1st meeting which is held directly after Class Rep Training. This training and 1st SRC meeting have been held in the local Radisson Hotel for the last several years. (All class reps receive a paper copy training manual, which includes relevant parts of the SU constitution. Usually the USI BMW officer attends and gives an update of national issues also. Elected members are allowed to run for the SU finance committee (2 class reps), this committee is normally held in May. Teh SU President must present the SRC with a full account of the SU’s finances, no later than November. All SRC representatives have cover  from SU President if they have to miss a lecture(s) in the role of their duties.

Maynooth Students' Union

  • Number of students: 12000, incl 2160 postgrads
  • Academic Representatives: Around 200
  • Postgraduate Representation: Postgraduates are represented through the University Postgraduate Feedback Council.
  • Nominations open: 21st September
  • Elections: 19th October

Find out more:

Nominations and elections will be done over msu.ie! Just log in with your student number and password. Elections are held online to elect MSU’s Academic Reps, who then receive training from the SU and from NStEP.

Visit msu.ie or email education@msu.ie for more information.

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

  • Number of Students: 6344, including 513 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 200
  • Postgraduate Representation: There is a part-time Postgraduate Officer who will be elected in the autumn.
  • Nominations: Open towards the end of September
  • Elections: Will open in early October

More Info:

Visit gmitsu.ie/or email sueducation@gmit.ie.  Mayo Campus students can email sumayo@gmit.ie for info on the Mayo Campus Class Rep Council.

Mayo Campus: Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 X853

Institute of Technology Sligo Students' Union

  • Number of students: 3500, incl 600 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 250
  • Nominations open: 28th September
  • Elections: 13th October. 

Find out more:

Visit https://itssu.ie/get-involved/become-a-class-rep/ or email education@itssu.ie

This year is going to be massively important for class reps as the transition to online learning, class reps will play a vital role for their class having a voice. This process will be difficult but rewarding as we want to make sure each class is represented and heard throughout the year by a responsible and trustworthy rep for their class. It is also important to get the information of these reps so we as a union can represent them at academic council and programme boards to determine how we can work with the institute to make the online learning experience better for students as well as maintaining the high standards of learning that IT Sligo has always produced.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Students' Union

  • Number of students: 4000, including 351 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 85
  • Nominations open: TBC
  • Elections: TBC

Find out more:

Visit lyitsu.ie/class-reps or email sueducation@lyit.ie

 

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Students' Union

  • Number of students: 5,124
  • Number of Reps: 100-150
  • Postgraduate Representation: There will be an election for a part-time Postgraduate Officer in the first term.
  • Nominations and Elections: Nominations for Returners open Monday 14th September, with elections taking place from Monday 21st September. Nominations for new students will open on Monday 28th September, with elections taking place from Monday 5th October.

Find out more:

Visit dkitsu.ie/education/class-reps or email engagement@dkitsu.ie

 

 

Athlone Institute of Technology Students' Union

  • Number of students: 5,400
  • Number of Reps: 100-150
  • Nominations and Elections: TBC

Find out more:

Visit aitsu.ie/yourclass-reps or email sueducation@ait.ie 

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Students' Union

  • Number of students: 18,747, including 4,108 postgraduates
  • Number of Reps: 400-500
  • Postgraduate Representation: There are postgraduate taught and postgraduate research part-time officers, in addition to postgraduate representation on Class Rep Council.
  • Nominations and Elections: TBC

Find out more:

Visit su.nuigalway.ie/help-advice/class-reps/ or email su.education@nuigalway.ie

Class Reps can apply for the ALIVE Award to credit students for their volunteering expereince.

Carlow College Students' Union

  • Number of students: 500
  • Class Representatives: Up to 32
  • Nominations open: Early October
  • Elections: Late October

Find out more:

Visit facebook.com/carlowcollege.studentsunion/ or email sueducation@carlowcollege.ie

Cork Institute of Technology Students' Union

  • Number of students: 12,000
  • Class Representatives: 300
  • Nominations open: There are Postgrad reps for all Postgraduate Taught students, and one Postgraduate Representative sits on the Academic Council alongside the SU.
  • Nominations and Elections: Nominations will open early October, with nominations taking place throughout October.

Find out More:

Each class elects a Class Representative (Class Rep) at the beginning of the academic year. This person acts as a representative for their class and is their class’s chief spokesperson, very much the voice of the class. Each Class Rep is a member of Union Council. One of their main duties is to liaise with Academic Staff and report back to the SU Executive at Union Council Meetings regarding issues which are of concern to the group. It is important that the person who is elected is committed to the position, communicates with class, represents the viewpoint of the class and provide effective feedback to both their classmates, the SU and Academic Staff. College is not just about studying, it is important that you have an active social life and the Class Rep is there to organise events so that classmates can form close friendships.

Institute of Technology Tralee Students' Union

  • Number of students: 3500
  • Class Representatives: 100
  • Postgraduate Representation: Postgraduates are also represented by a Class Rep.
  • Nominations open: W/C 12th October
  • Elections: Mid October – Early November

Find out more: 

It is vital class reps this year work with the SU and are not afraid to have their opinions heard. This is a new outlook on college life for all of us so it is important we work together to optimize the college experience as best we can. 

Institute of Technology Carlow Students' Union

  • Number of students: 8000
  • Number of Reps: 150-180
  • Nominations open: TBC
  • Elections: TBC

Find out more:

Visit itcsu.ie/class-representative/ or email supresident@itcarlow.ie 

University College Cork Students' Union

  • Number of students: 22,000 – 23,000
  • Class Representatives: 300-350
  • Postgraduate Representation: For our PGT courses we elect class reps the same way as undergrads. For Research students, we have a part-time postgrad officer on the Union and they are invited to participate through contact with them.
  • Nominations: Monday 5th – Friday 9th October on Canvas (early start courses will work on a different schedule)
  • Elections: Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th October via Canvas

Find Out More:

A Class Rep is simply a student who represents their class! As Class Rep, you will act as a point of contact between the class, the lecturers and the Students’ Union. You will help maintain the quality of your course by voicing any issues the class may have, overall improving the UCC experience for you and your classmates.

Dublin City University (DCU) Students' Union

  • Number of students: 17,500, incl 2000 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 300-400
  • Postgraduate Representation: We have a Part-Time PostGrad Officer on our SU Executive, elections for which are held at the same time as the rest of the SU team elections every year. On top of this we also encourage PostGrad students to run for Class Rep in our Class Rep Recruitment campaigns.
  • Nominations open: Nominations open for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Class Reps towards the end of the second Semester, usually around April, and for First Years at the start of the academic year, in October.
  • Elections: Elections follow one/two weeks after each round of nominations.

Find out more:

Visit dcusu.ie/ or email engagementdevelopment@dcusu.ie 

Our reps are given training, resources, responsibilities and guidance throughout the year to make it as rewarding of an experience as possible. It’s easily one of the best ways to get involved in university life, and a way to have your voice heard at a high level.

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

  • Number of students: 2600, incl 200 postgrads
  • Number of Reps: 150
  • Postgraduate Representation: Postgraduates are represented on the Class Rep Council.
  • Nominations and Elections: Late September until 12th October

Find out more:

Email education.iadt@gmail.com!

Technological University Dublin (TUD) Students' Union City Campus

  • Number of students: 29,500
  • Number of Reps: 780
  • Postgraduate Representation: We have a position for a part-time postgrad officer and there will be elections for the position in the first semester. Post-grads also have class reps
  • Nominations open: After September 28th
  • Elections: The week after nominations, on a school by school basis.

Find out more:

Visit https://www.tudublinsu.ie/studentvoice/classreps/ or email advice@tudublinsu.ie.

Being a class rep is an amazing opportunity for yourself. This is your chance to develop yourself in ways you cannot imagine, meet new people from different TU Dublin Campus sites and employers are always impressed with job applicants who have been involved in any leadership roles during their time in college. You can also improve the quality of your Programme by ensuring any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively. 

Technological University Dublin (TUD) Students' Union Tallaght Campus

  • Number of students: 29,500
  • Number of Reps: 780
  • Postgraduate Representation: We have a position for a part-time postgrad officer and there will be elections for the position in the first semester. Post-grads also have class reps
  • Nominations open: After September 28th
  • Elections: The week after nominations, on a school by school basis.

Find out more:

Visit https://www.tudublinsu.ie/studentvoice/classreps/ or email advice@tudublinsu.ie.

Being a class rep is an amazing opportunity for yourself. This is your chance to develop yourself in ways you cannot imagine, meet new people from different TU Dublin Campus sites and employers are always impressed with job applicants who have been involved in any leadership roles during their time in college. You can also improve the quality of your Programme by ensuring any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively. 

Technological University Dublin (TUD) Students' Union Blanchardstown Campus

  • Number of students: 29,500
  • Number of Reps: 780
  • Postgraduate Representation: We have a position for a part-time postgrad officer and there will be elections for the position in the first semester. Post-grads also have class reps
  • Nominations open: After September 28th
  • Elections: The week after nominations, on a school by school basis.

Find out more:

Visit https://www.tudublinsu.ie/studentvoice/classreps/ or email advice@tudublinsu.ie.

Being a class rep is an amazing opportunity for yourself. This is your chance to develop yourself in ways you cannot imagine, meet new people from different TU Dublin Campus sites and employers are always impressed with job applicants who have been involved in any leadership roles during their time in college. You can also improve the quality of your Programme by ensuring any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively. 

National College of Ireland Students' Union

  • Number of students: 4,000
  • Number of Reps: 80
  • Postgraduate Representation: Postgraduate students are represented on the Class Rep Council.
  • Nominations Open: TBC
  • Elections: TBC

Find out more:

Visit ncisu.ie or email president@ncisu.ie!

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

Class Reps will be elected upon students return to campus.

Find out more:

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 Academic Rep of the Year?

Visit this page later in the year to find out more!