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Student representatives are an integral part of the Committee structure at the University.  From October 2020, the University is changing the way that it elects student representatives.  We believe these changes will make the representation system stronger and more relevant, for staff and students.

What's changing?

Student representatives used to be elected to a specific Faculty Board or body.  We are now electing to discipline-specific roles, which may be called upon to sit on or advise multiple committees.  Also, in the past elections were locally run and dates varied.  Elections will now be administered centrally by the Cambridge Student Union, and will take place at the same time as wider Union elections.  The Union will also be providing more opportunities for support, training and networking for reps, and to simplify the process of finding out who your rep is, for all students.

What does a rep do?

Subject representatives will be the voice for students within the University, representing their interests and shaping decisions at the local and central levels.  Find out more about the role of the rep on the Cambridge Student Union website.  Generally speaking, each level of representation feeds into the next, up to the Cambridge Students Union. 

What roles are available?

This year, we will be electing to the following roles:

Student subject representatives

The following subject-level roles are available; these roles will feed into Faculty-level discussions about your course, and take the place of what were formerly Faculty Board representatives:

Your course or department may also hold more informal elections for course or year representatives on some committees; this varies depending on local structures.

Council of the School representatives

Each School Council will elect one undergraduate and one postgraduate member.  Councils are generally concerned with the wider strategic goals of the Departments within their areas, and consider matters of resourcing, estates, new courses, and regulations.

How do I find out more?

Nominations for the roles above will open on 2 November 2020 and close on 10 November 2020; more information about the nomination process will be posted on these pages in due course.  Elections will take place across 16-19 November 2020.

You can find out more about the representative process, and how to make your voice heard, on the Cambridge Students' Union website.

How do I find out the results?

Following the close of elections on 19 November, the list of academic subject representatives has been publisehd and is available on the Cambridge Students Union website.  Where roles are unfilled, we will be holding a second round of elections with nominations from 23-27 November and elections the following week, finishing by 3 Dec.