PGR Reps

PGR reps create the link between students across the University and our Student Officers, working with staff, colleagues and fellow students to improve the student research experience – identifying and discussing issues that may arise. We know that PGR students have a unique experience whilst studying at University. PGR reps are the best placed people to help shape this experience.

  • Training – all course reps should attend the training we provide. This will give you a chance to develop your ideas on collecting student feedback, help you to become an effective bystander, learn how to chair a meeting and help you understand how you can get involved in quality at the University. You will also find out about all the support and advice we can offer you. We also offer small and specialist sessions specifically for PGR students so we can explore the different challenges PGR students face.
  • Collecting feedback – As a course rep, you will actively find out the issues affecting students on your course. This involves effective communication by taking part in regular student forums and briefing meetings. We can help you think of new and innovative ways to collect feedback from your peers. We can also provide platforms such as Survey Hero for you to utilise.
  • Committee meetings – You will attend the relevant PGR committee meetings within your department and discuss any issues/ changes to the course. This is your chance to feedback to the University and work with other course reps to obtain solutions. You will also attend any agenda setting meetings for students before the SSLC.
  • Support – Within the Guild you will be appointed a Student Voice Coordinator (SVC) who will support you throughout the year. You can arrange catch ups and attend regular 1:1s with the SVC to obtain information and support.
  • Experience of work in the Higher Education sector
  • Influence university decisions
  • Represent peers
  • Project planning
  • Networking and getting to know members of staff
  • Understanding University structures

Traditionally recruitment will take place at the start of the year. Depending on the start of your studies, this may be different for PGR reps but we will be in touch. During this first week of your studies, students are asked if they would like to volunteer as a PGR Rep; there should then be a selection process or an election where the Course Reps for the year are confirmed. To become a PGR Rep, contact your Student Experience Administrator to put your name forward within the first week of the academic year.

If you have any questions or would like more support, please contact the student voice team by emailing