PGRs and Academic Representation (1516P1)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Education

Passed: 09/10/2015 | Lapsed: 08/12/2015

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • The 2015/16 Faculty Officer for Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences resigned her post, partly due to the fact that she did not feel as a Postgraduate Research (PGR) student she could fully represent the views of Undergraduate (UG) or Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students which is a large part of the Faculty Officer mandate
  • The Union is working with the PGR Officer to develop a representation structure tailored to the specific needs of PGR students, with the first elections running before Christmas 2015
  • The Academic Representation structure represents those on taught courses
  • It is illogical for an elected representative to be from a particular demographic that is not represented by the structure that person will be representing
  • Consultation with the only three PGR representatives this year has taken place and they support the rationale behind the policy
  • There is a conflict of interest where a PGR representative teaches/marks on modules where there are student complaints regarding the quality of teaching and marking
  • PGR students should not be eligible to run in academic elections for positions that represent taught students e.g. Academic President, Faculty Officer
  • All elections for positions commencing in the 2016/17 academic year for Academic Representative positions for taught programmes are only open to students on taught courses i.e. Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught
  • Vice President Education and Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries will ensure this policy is implemented in future elections
    Proposed: Shruti Verma, Vice President Education 
    Seconded: Giles Howard, Faculty Officer for Physical Sciences and Engineering and Harriet Hall