What is Student Representation?

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Student Representative Program History

The Student Representative Program was launched within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2009 and was developed to create a transparent process for communication between students, departments, schools, the Faculty, and to the University through a network of elected Departmental Reps, who represent over two concurrent semesters.

In 2015, the Student Liaison Program (as it was then known) was recognised with The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Support of the Student Experience. This award recognises outstanding achievement in the support of the student experience at the University of Sydney.

Three levels of representation

Student Representation in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is aligned with the Faculty’s structure.

  Department or Program School Faculty
Program Student Representative Program Student Representative Program Faculty Student Representation
Number of Reps 1-2 per department 2 per school (4 for SLC)

6 undergraduate

1 postgraduate coursework

1 postgraduate research

Term Two semesters One semester One academic year
Main role act as an advocate to ensure that key teaching and learning issues that affect students studying in a Department are addressed, and to act as a link between students and the Department facilitate the flow of communication between department/program Reps and the Dean by attending Student Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings twice a semester

part of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), who meets with the Dean, Director Opperations and Strategic Planning and Director of Student Support Programs.

members of various committees that have a direct bearing on the student experience in the Faculty

How to contact Reps Department/Program contact details  
How to get involved See the Student Representative Program page for more details See the Faculty Representation page for more details, and the Academic Board Elections page for details about important dates.
How to nominate Visit Canvas early in Semester 1 Nominations drawn from elected department/program Reps See the Faculty Representation page for more details and to download forms.  Forms should be returned to the Arts and Social Sciences Student Services Counter before the published deadline.
How to vote Visit Canvas early in Semester 1 for your opportunity to vote for Departmental or Program Reps for the year Voting takes place in Student Representative Program training Information will be sent to your university email address
Elections administered by Student Affairs and Engagement
Election frequency Once per year, in early Semester 1 Once per semester August/September each year
Elected by Students studying in that department of program, via Canvas Department Reps within each school Faculty student body in faculty-wide election