Class Representatives

Many courses across the ANU have elected student representatives within the course who can ensure constructive feedback on the content and structures of the course. Class Representatives are a core part of student partnership, a principle to which the University has committed.
 

Information for Class Representatives

ANUSA Escalation Guide - Your Guide to Raising your Course Concerns at the ANU
During your time at ANU, you will be enrolled in dozens of courses, each run by different Course Convenors and with a range of ways you can seek representation and support. This guide will help guide you through this process.

Class Representative Handbook for 2022
This handbook can be used throughout your term as class rep as a helpful guide. Included in the guide is the importance of class representatives, your role, important things to know from ANU Policy, tips for how to perform your role effectively and support for you in your role.
 

Recording of the 2022 Class Rep Training on Zoom:

 

Class Representatives are a core part of student partnership, a principle to which the university has committed. Partnership means “engaging students in meaningful and accessible ways”[1]. You can read ANU’s Student Partnership Agreement here:

Professor Sally Varnham, National Senior Teaching Fellow, has done significant research into what student partnership should look like in Australia. She writes:

  1. 1 - At the heart of student partnership is a commitment of all members of the institutional community working together or co-creating at all levels of the institution in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect, where the voice of students is valued and opportunities for student input are promoted to and understood by all students.

 

  1. 2 - It needs to be recognised as a relationship where all involved are actively engaged and stand to gain from the process of working together. It is to be distinguished from listening to or consulting with students. It can include all levels of an Institution’s operations, from learning and teaching to strategy, direction and governance

 

  1. 3 - Partnership means all parties working together from the outset through ideas and towards solutions. Involving students from the beginning of decision making, in the identification of issues and ideas and working together towards outcomes is recognised as important. The inclusion of students in all projects, or co-creation, from the start of the idea is strongly recommended.[2]
     

She specifically highlights class representation as a key place for partnerships, where an “ongoing dialogue towards course enhancement”[3] can be encouraged.

ANUSA and PARSA provide support to ANU’s class representatives, including training at the start of each semester, and ANUSA representatives are the best place to refer more complex and structural advocacy issues.


[1] ANU Student Partnership Agreement

[2] Varnham, S 2017, “Creating a National Framework for Student Partnership in University Decision-Making and Governance: Principles”, http://studentvoiceaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Creating-a-National-Framework-for-Student-Partnership-in-University-Decision171017.pdf

[3] Ibid.
 

Got an issue you don’t know how to deal with? Contact your college representatives or the Vice President:

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