UWE Bristol principles of academic representation
In 2016-17 The Students' Union and Student/Academic Services conducted a joint project around student representation at UWE Bristol in partnership with stakeholders across the university. This review allowed practices across the inisution to be explored before devising a new principled based approach for UWE Bristol. The summation of this work is the UWE Bristol Principles of Academic Representation.
The aim is for students to routinely become partners in their education experience with flexibility for students and staff to work together to enhance the educational experience. The proposals also fit within, and support the wider shift from annual monitoring to continuous improvement (CI). The proposed model outlined within this paper is a more nuanced, principled, approach that promotes and supports innovative practices to deliver effective academic representation within a local context, whilst maintaining a clear set of minimum expectations that will be familiar to many colleagues working with the current model.
This new perspective on representation does not replace the need for identified student representation at a programmatic or department level. Instead, this allows for new and creative ways to engage with representative students and wider learning communities to benefit co-creation or learning and teaching enhancement. This is not a mandate for departments to change their academic representation, but an opportunity to refine existing practice and explore new avenues.
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