Are you enthusiastic and keen to represent students, improving education within your faculty? Do you have good interpersonal skills and a high level ability to listen and engage with students about their concerns and priorities?

Can you work collaboratively, prioritise and think strategically?

Faculty reps will work with our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Academic Officers, who will provide "political" support and advice, encouraging you to campaign for improvements to academic provision at Durham University.

There are four seats available to Faculty reps on the Uninersity's Senate - the highest academic body in the University!

You'll also be working closely with our staff team who will support you in your role by providing help, advice and training.

You'll also network and work in partnership with various University staff to improve learning and teaching in your faculty and at Durham University.

And you’ll be working as a team with the faculty reps across the University to share information and ideas, creating a strong Academic Affairs committee. You will be encouraging department reps to consult and represent students at various University and Union committees; to communicate regularly with the Union; to develop policy for the Union; and to attend relevant training.


What's in it for you?

  • It’s a great development opportunity – you’ll gather skills in project leading, advocacy, working with various stakeholders and gathering feedback.
  • This is an opportunity to stand up for what’s important to you and your peers about your course, and have real impact.
  • Play an important role in education forum.
  • Engage with academics and union reps to campaign for change.
  • You’ll receive training on your role, how to engage with student opinion and University stakeholders and how to campaign for change.
  • You'll gain new skills, and improve any existing ones!

To be successful in the post, it is essential for you to be willing to commit time to the following activities:

  • Rep Training (yearly)
  • Union Assembly (3 x termly)
  • Union Academic Affairs committee (monthly)
  • Relevant Education forums (termly)
  • University Faculty Education committee (FEC) (two per term)
  • Meeting preparation and paper reading
  • Spend time speaking to course and faculty reps
  • Attending University Senate (monthly)

A full role description is available here. Please note the faculty rep open last for the duration of 2020/21.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form here by midnight on Tuesday 30 June 2020. All faculty rep positions are open for 2020/21. You will need to write a 500 word statement detailing what skills you believe you could bring to the role and what you’d like to do in the role.

Faculty Rep journey


Applications close. Apply before 30 June here.


Interviews take place (can be done remotely if applicants aren’t in Durham).


Meet and greet with Academic Officers, followed by training session.