Course 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.

Course 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 course 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 course 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”,

[3] Ibid.

Are you a current course rep?

Semester 2 2020 Training Sessions

ANUSA will be facilitating sessions over Zoom in addition to providing an up to date "handbook". There will be facebook events created in the coming days with two options of trainings that course reps will be able to attend, so be sure to head over to the ANUSA Facebook Page for updates and Zoom links.  

Week 3 Thursday Aug 13th 1pm-2:30pm 

Week 4 Monday Aug 17 11am - 12:30pm

These sessions will be recorded so as to allow reps who missed the training sessions to catch up easily.

Semester 2 2019 Training Sessions

Come to any training session in weeks 3 or 4; they're the same regardless of your academic college, so you can choose the time that works best for you! You can meet other course reps in your college, engage with ANUSA and PARSA's academic advocacy team, and get trained to best represent the interests of your classmates this semester!

All training sessions will be located in the AD Hope Conference Room 128, located on level 1 of the AD Hope building. Food will be provided at every session. You can find the facebook events here.




Monday 5th of August

AD Hope conference room 128

9:00 – 11:00

Tuesday 6th of August

AD Hope conference room 128 

10:00 – 12:00

Wednesday 7th of August

AD Hope conference room 128

12:00 – 2:00

Thursday 8th of August

AD Hope conference room 128

1:00 – 3:00

Friday 9th of August

AD Hope conference room 128

2:00 – 4:00

Monday 12th of August

AD Hope conference room 128

9:00 – 11:00

Access the 2019 Course Rep Handbook here

Access the 2019 Course Rep Training slides here

Access the 2018 Course Rep Handbook here.


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

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