What is a course rep?

Course reps are the elected students responsible for talking to other students on their course about their educational experience at Durham University. 

They are the people on the ground gathering opinions from students about their course; this will vary from the course content to the class sizes and classroom space. 

They will also gather opinion on other academic resources such as the books available in the library or facilities available such as computers and online resources. 

They will then act as the spokesperson to the University and feeding back outcomes to students.


How do I become a course rep?

Course Reps are elected by the students on their course. We have a small number of vacancies in some subject areas. If there is currently no candidates in your subject area and level of study you can speak to your course tutor about becoming a rep and they will hold an in-class election.

If you’d like any further information, please contact: r.s.bruce@durham.ac.uk.


Course reps get the chance to work on some exciting projects that make positive improvements for students. 

The role of a course rep is not necessarily just highlighting the negative aspects of your course, but also finding out about the good things that happen and sharing good practice. 

A course rep can also highlight something that is working well but make suggestions on how it could be even better. 

The University really appreciate the work that course reps do too! 

If you would like any further information about being a course rep, please contact r.s.bruce@durham.ac.uk. 


What have course reps achieved in the past?

Course reps are constantly involved in a wide variety of research and activities, in cooperation with the wider Students’ Union as well as their departments and faculties. 

In the recent past, course reps have successfully conducted research with their peers which led to example exam papers and answers being made available by departments, and have lobbied the University and created campaigns to resist proposed course closures. 

To achieve this, course reps have worked at a variety of levels with everyone from professors and peers to the local community, created online surveys and petitions, and had impact on the academic life of thousands of Durham students. 

Please submit your course rep case studies here!

Course Rep Elections Key Dates 

2 – 6 October – Publicity of course rep system and key dates

10 – 15 October – Nomination week

17 October – Voting opens 

20 October - Elections close.

23 October - Elected course representatives for 2017/18 announced

28 October – Training day for course reps.


Course rep training information

There are two training sessions; 11:00 and 14:00. The training will take place in Vane Tempest, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House. It lasts for around 2 hours.

There will be free pizza for all attendees. This will be served between 13:00 and 13:30; so join us before or after your training session for a chance to chat to your fellow reps.

Please contact Richard Bruce on r.s.bruce@durham.ac.uk to confirm which training session you will be attending and whether you will join us for pizza (so we can order the right amount). If you are joining us for pizza, please confirm any dietary requirements.