Your Student Reps


What are student reps and why do we have them?

Student reps are the link between you and the University on all things course related. They listen to your thoughts and ideas about your course and feed this back to your School. Student Reps represent you at every level of the decision-making process within the University, so they really are your voice in shaping the future of your course. By telling your Student Rep how you are feeling about your course, they can drive positive change within the University to make sure you are getting the best experience you can whilst at Manchester.

You can find out more information via the Student Union Student Rep Facebook

As an institution underpinned by democracy, reps form a large part of the University’s commitment to improving the student experience; so that every student of the University has representation where they need it. Reps endeavour to ensure that no matter your course, or your gender, sexuality or ethnicity, your views are represented adequately.

How do student reps represent me?

The activities of each student rep will vary, as the populations of students they represent can vary enormously. It might be that a 2nd-year Geography course rep will meet with the year group weekly to discuss their views, while a Faculty rep will choose to hold drop-in sessions or use email. Reps will also use surveys and student focus groups to collect data and feedback from students in order to inform decisions and make positive change.
However your reps gather your feedback, all will meet regularly with the relevant decision-makers of the University to put forward your ideas and opinions. The idea is that, by consulting reps, the University consults you.  To find out more about what reps do to represent you, see the profiles above, or get in touch with them yourself.

How do I become a Student Rep for my programme?

The majority of programmes have recruited, elected or selected the reps they need for 2020-21. If you're interested in the role, you can email to let us know & we'll see if there is a space available. If not, we can put your name down to become a rep in 2021-22. The recruitment process is different in each programme - some take on all volunteers, some need an election and some go through a selection process involving key staff members and the student society linked to the programme.

Contact details

For general enquiries or to raise a wider issue, contact your Education officer here, the Education Officer is supported in the role by the Education team who can be reached at

 Student Union Democracy 

Students lead in all aspects of the Students’ Union. A range of elections, committees and research projects make sure that student leadership and decision-making is at the heart of everything we do. Alongside Student Reps, students can also get involved at Senate

Senate is the highest decision-making body in the Students Union. It takes place 6 times and makes decisions about what the Students' Union should believe and take action on. It is made up of elected students including the 8 Executive Officers, Part-time Officers and additional 20 students are randomly selected to take part also.  Students who are not elected to be on Senate can also participate and debate on the policies that are up for discussion.

Executive Officer Roles 

The Student Executive Officer team and part-time officers are your voice to the University, meeting with senior leadership at the University as well as in the community around us, and their roles are to make change for you 

General SecretaryThe General Secretary is the lead student representative in the SU, and acts as the main liaison between the University and students.

Women's OfficerThe Women’s Officer leads on campaigns, projects and policy supporting gender equality and making meaningful change for women students at the University. 

Postgraduate OfficerThe Postgraduate Officer is the lead representative for postgraduate students at the University, speaking up for students on a range of issues from wellbeing and support, to the quality of postgraduate research.

Education OfficerThe Education Officer leads on academic matters with the University, championing student voice and feedback on everything related to teaching and learning.

Activities & Development OfficerThe Activities & Development Officer is the lead officer cheering on student-led activity and student personal development in the SU. 

Welfare & Community OfficerThe Welfare & Community Officer is the lead student championing a number of issues and student rights outside of teaching. 

Liberation & Access OfficerThe Liberation & Access Officer is the lead student championing equality, diversity and liberation in the SU and the University. 

International OfficerThe International Students’ Officer leads on support and activities for the University’s international students, helping to make Manchester a truly international university. 

Part-Time Officer Roles

All of these positions are part-time, voluntary roles that you can carry out alongside your studies. These roles last for one academic year, starting in June 2020. For most of these groups, you may only run for positions if you are part of the relevant student group (for example, if you are part of that Faculty).

Faculty Officers

Biology, Medicine and Health Faculty Officer: Undergraduate (UG)
Biology, Medicine and Health Faculty Officer: Postgraduate Research (PGR)
Humanities Faculty Officer: Postgraduate Taught (PGT)
Science and Engineering Faculty Officer: Postgraduate Taught (PGT)

Each Faculty has two undergraduate and two postgraduate (PGT and PGR) Officers. They will influence and make key decisions on Faculty committees. They run faculty-specific campaigns and work with a wealth of students reps to effect necessary change.

Student Community Officers

Student Community Officer - Fallowfield and Withington
Student Community Officer – City Centre

These roles are designed to represent students outside in the wider community. They will campaign on issues such as environment, transport, housing and safety.

Access Officers

Student Parent Officer
Widening Participation Students Officer
Mature Students Officer
Part-time Student Officer

These positions work specifically on issues of concern to a particular section of the student community, to remove barriers and boundaries to learning these students are more likely to face.

NUS Delegates

National Conference

These roles represents Manchester Students’ Union at a national level at the National Union of Students (NUS) Conferences. They will vote and debate the issues of today facing 7 million students in Further and Higher Education.

How do I find my rep? 

 - For course reps – contact your programme administrator.
 - For all other reps, find out through the Students’ Union.