Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, Euan Morrison, VP Education, conducted a review into the Academic Representation System at the University of Worcester.
Following on from this review, our most visible change was renaming StARs to Course Reps, to reflect exactly what the role is for. We also implemented the Code of Practice for Academic Representation. This document outlines the key principles of the representation system, and makes the roles of the SU, University, and Course Reps much more explicit.
One of the new additions, and real highlights, for academic representation in 2017-18 was the inaugural Course Rep Conference. This was a great opportunity for Course Reps to spend the day discussing various topics, question University senior management, and gain a range of new skills. Due to its success, the Course Rep Conference will now become a regular fixture on the SU Calendar.
Visit our Academic Representation pages to find out all about what your Course and School Reps can do for you during your time at the University of Worcester.
2019 Change Week and Course Rep Conference
In 2019, Worcester launched its very first Change Week. The first day of Change Week included two key events: the annual Course Rep Conference and the All Student Meeting. At the Conference, Reps attended development workshops and School-based sessions. Reps also were invited to attend a high level panel debate where guest Vice President for Higher Education at NUS, Amatey Doku, was in attendance. This debate discussed a range of issues from potential changes to the higher education landscape, Brexit, value for money, and inclusion within education.
The majority of Change Week activities took place during the rest of the week. We based large wooden boards in the main receptions of Edward Elgar and Charles Hastings. There were also mini board in the Hangar, Riverside and Jenny Lind. Students were encouraged to fill out an idea tag and stick it on the board or, alternatively, students could submit their ideas for the following categories: academic experience, campus and facilities, student life and support, your SU, student opportunities, and local communities. After 2 days of idea collection, students submitted 1080+ ideas. Students then voted on these ideas in order to choose what they believed should be prioritised. Students were able to vote online and on the boards. For more information and to see how you voted, click here.