Academic Representation

Apply to Be A Divisional Representative 

Divisional Representatives are an important part of student representation system and as a Divisional Rep you will be responsible for representing thousands of students at a University wide level. Divisional Reps feed into our wider academic representation structures and offer oversight to divisions on current student issues and sentiment, working closely with students in your division as well as course reps and sabbatical officers.  

There are four divisions at Oxford: Humanities; Social Sciences; Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; and Medical Sciences. We are looking for one undergraduate and one postgraduate student in each division to take on this role. This role is to serve for academic year 2021/2022 so you must be a student of the University during this period.  

Divisional Representatives will attend University Divisional Boards, as well as other committees you may be invited to. Div Reps will also attend Oxford SU Student Council and other meetings that may be arranged with the Sabbatical Officers and the Divisional Reps. Divisional Reps will also engage in feedback gathering to students within their division and reporting the current student issues back to your divisions. Div Reps will also network with course representatives in their division as well as the other Divisional Representatives to ensure a collaborative and coherent approach to academic representation.  

We are looking for students who are passionate about academic matters, both within their division and in the wider HE context, and who are excellent communicators and collaborators. You will need to report progress, seek advice from, and work alongside the Oxford SU Sabbatical Officers. No previous experience is necessary, only a willingness to develop your skills and work with others. You will be guided by the Policy & Change Coordinator staff member in Oxford SU every step of the way. Oxford SU will also provide you with initial training and give you access to our closed WhatsApp group for on-going support. 

This is a volunteer position and Divisional Representatives should be directed to put in as much time as they feel they are able to into the role. However, there are set meetings and expectations that Divisional Representatives should adhere to. We expect that the minimum time commitment for this role to be 5 hours per week.  



  • To consult with students in your division on relevant student matters 

  • To liaise with and support course representatives in your division  

  • To attend University Divisional Boards as well as other meetings you are invited to attend by the division 

  • To attend Oxford SU Student Council fortnightly in term time and report to Student Council on a termly basis 

  • To meet regularly with VP Access & Academic Affairs and VP Graduates to discuss wider university issues as appropriate 

  • To comply with relevant Oxford SU policies 

  • To attend training, induction and development sessions held by Oxford SU  

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