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Student Representation in the Faculty of Arts Humanities

Student Representatives play a vital role in acting as a link between staff in the department and your fellow students.

Student Reps are responsible for gathering and voicing feedback from the student body at department meetings. Being a Student Rep is brilliant for your CV and for developing transferrable skills such as communication, negotiation, leadership, organisation and presentation. So not only are you doing good work for the student body, it’s great for your own employability too!

Department Student Representative Elections:

Student Representatives for departments in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are elected via the KCLSU (King’s College London Students’ Union) online election platform. Using the online platform means that there is an open, consistent and democratic election process for students to engage with.

Each department has created year group and or/programme Student Rep positions and students are able to nominate themselves for these positions. Following the nomination period, elections will take place and the student cohort relevant to the position will be eligible to vote for the candidates. 

Department Student-Staff Liaison Committee - Student Chair Elections:

Each department Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) will have an elected Student Chair. Student Chairs will shape the agenda of the SSLC, lead the discussions and will be integral to communication of discussions and agreed outcomes from the meetings: 

  • Student Chairs will be supported by an Academic Vice-Chair in all departments.
  • Each departmental SSLC Student Chair will attend the Faculty Student Experience Forum where issues raised at department SSLCs for Faculty level consideration will be discussed.

When do student rep elections take place?

  • Elections for returning student rep positions for the next academic year (mainly undergraduate/postgraduate research) take place in March each year. This is so student reps are in place (where possible) for the start of the academic year.
  • Elections for new undergraduate, postgraduate taught and any positions not elected in March will take place in October each year. SSLC Student Chair elections will also run at this time each year.

Students can choose to nominate themselves as a either a Student Rep or Student Chair or both.

Key dates for all elections can be found on the KCLSU election webpage.

Training:

All Student Representatives and Chairs will be invited to training (provided by KCLSU) prior to the first SSLC meetings of the academic year.

Student Representation at Faculty Committees: 

The Faculty Student Experience Forum (SEF) will be chaired by a student (to be elected from and by the Department Student SSLC Chairs). The Chair will be supported by the Faculty Senior Tutor/Vice Dean (Education) as Academic Vice-Chair. The SEF meets three times per year.

The Student Chair of the Student Experience Forum will attend the Faculty Education Committee (FEC) to report on items covered at the SEF. Two additonal FEC student reps (one undergraduate and one postgraduate taught) will also be elected to attend FEC to ensure there is undergraduate and taught postgraduate student representation on this committee.

Postgraduate Research Students: Each faculty has a student rep position for the King’s Doctoral Students’ Association (KDSA). The elected Arts & Humanities faculty KDSA rep will also be invited to attend the Faculty Postgraduate Research Students’ Committee meetings and the Faculty Student Experience Forum.

Diversity & Inclusion Cluster Reps are also elected for our Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 9 student reps are elected, 3 (1 UG, 1 PGT and 1 PGR student) for each cluster area i.e. Humanities, Languages & Literatures and Arts. 

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