Academic Representation



UG - Jan Huebel (

PGT - Cinthya Cecilia Alvarado Rivera (

PGR - Sumeyye Kocaman (

Social Sciences

UG - Callum Lloyd (

PGT - Emma Somos (

PGR - Temitope Toyon (

Medical Sciences (MedSci)

UG - Abinaya Arulalagan (

PGT - Lukman Lawal (

PGR - Guohao Ni (

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS)

UG - Aneshka Moudry (

PG - Daiki Tagami (

Continuing Education (ContEd)

Non-Matriculated - Marc Sternberg (

Matriculated - May Ho (


What is Academic Representation?

Academic representation is the system in which students use their voice to make changes to their educational experience. Each course or department should have a system for academic representation, which will usually consist of elected representatives who will attend meetings with departmental staff to represent the views of the students on their course. The academic representation system is a key part of a university's quality assurance measures, and guarantees that courses are informed by student needs, concerns and thoughts. 

Who are the reps?

There are more than 500 course reps who are elected by their cohort or appointed by their department across the university. In some departments or faculties student representatives can be called student reps, department reps, faculty reps or course reps. For clarity at Oxford SU we refer to these students as course reps. These course reps will usually be elected in early Michaelmas Term, and be in place for a full academic year. Your department or faculty should make it known to you who your course reps are.

As well as our course reps, we also have 14 Divisional Reps - one undergraduate, one postgraduate (taught) and one postgraduate (research) rep for each of the following four divisions: Humanities, Medical Sciences, MPLS and Social Sciences; The Department for Continuing Education has two Divisional Reps, one for matriculated students and one for non-matriculated students. The Divisional Reps represent the views of students in their division as a whole. 

What do they do?

The core function of any student representative role is to represent the student voice. From course reps, to div reps to our Sabbatical Officers, they are all in their position to represent the student voice to the university. There are many mechanisms through which course reps and div reps represent your voice. They attend key departmental and divisional meetings in which they feedback the thoughts, concerns, and ideas of the students they represent to feed into changemaking at the university as a whole. They liaise with the students they represent to ensure that they are aware of what the needs and concerns of their students are, and so they can adequately feed this back into the university. They may also choose to run their own projects and do their own campaigning on key issues for the student body. For example, through the lobbying and campaigning work of previous Divisional Reps, the University voted to remove the Graduate Application Fee.  All of our course and divisonal reps are a  vital part of our changemaking structures at Oxford, and are actively working on improving your educational experience.

How do I get involved?

There are many ways in which students can get involved in representing the student voice to the university. 

  • Run to be a course rep - These elections usually take place in early Michaelmas Term through your department 
  • Apply to be a Divisional Rep 
  • Run to be a Sabbatical Officer - Leadership elections take place in Hilary Term each year
  • Talk to the reps about your opinions - All of these reps are open to hearing your thoughts to feed into their representation work