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Academic Representatives are a crucial part of LSE Students' Union. More than 400 Academic Reps are elected by their student peers to represent them during the academic year and to liaise with LSE departmental staff in the Staff Student Liaison Committees.

Academic Representation

Academic Representatives are a crucial part of LSE Students' Union. More than 400 Academic Reps are elected by their student peers to represent them during the academic year and to liaise with LSE departmental staff in the Staff Student Liaison Committees.

What do Academic Representatives do?

Academic Reps ensure student concerns are addressed and students have a say in the running of their programme. They raise issues about the quality of the programme and the experience as an LSE student, including the things they love and the things they want improved. Academic Reps also ensure that the department listens directly to student feedback and that issues are resolved as swiftly as possible to improve your teaching and learning experience.

Academic Reps can also become Department Reps, attending Consultative Forum once a term to represent their peers to LSE. 

Benefits

One of the great things about being an Academic Rep is that you get to bring all the views of other students together, and be part of improving the quality of the education at the School. You can gain a number of key skills from being an Academic Rep, including attending and sometimes chairing meetings, gathering and collating feedback, identifying key concerns, representing other people, negotiating and seeking student-focused solutions, and communicating with groups of people in different contexts.

We also offer a range of rewards and benefits for our Academic Reps, including references and the chance to win the Academic Rep of the Month Awards. Have a look below to find out more. 


How to become an Academic Rep

Academic Reps are elected separately for each programme at the start of the Michaelmas Term, so you will need to contact the leader of your programme, or your programme administrative staff, to find out how to sign up. If you are unsure who to contact, please contact us at the email address below and we will signpost you. 

This year, for the first time, some departments at LSE are electing their Academic Reps through the LSESU website. If you are part of one of those departments, you will be able to nominate yourself and/ or vote for your Academic Representatives through the Students' Union website. If you are interested in becoming an Academic Rep head to the elections webpage here: https://www.lsesu.com/voice/academic-reps/academic-reps-elections/.  Nominations will be open between the 26th of September, and the 3rd of October. Voting will be open from the 4th of October until the 7th October.

What do I need to do once I have been elected?

  1. Sign up to our Academic Rep database
  2. Enrol on the Academic Rep Moodle page(Opens in new tab
  3. Attend our Academic Rep Training you signed up for when registering as a rep (you don't need to do this if you have been an Academic Rep at LSE in previous years)

The links for the above will be sent to you once you are elected.

The rest is up to you! You should be contacted by your programme at times throughout the year about the meetings you are invited to. If you need any help or support throughout the year, please contact su.academicreps@lse.ac.uk.


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