Every course at London Met should have a Student Academic Representative (StAR). They are students elected by their peers to represent the voice of students on that course. StARs sit on course committee meetings and other faculty committees to represent the views of students. They give students a voice in the decision-making process. They take up and act on concerns on behalf of student and provide feedback to the University. They are also a great way for the University and Students' Union to keep students informed and up-to-date on current issues.
StARS School forums 2016-17 semester 2:
Dates and times of StARs School forums will appear here in early April. They will take place after the student Easter holiday.
StARs School forums are Students' Union hosted events for StARs for each school to meet each other, hear from the Students' Union including the Sabbatical Officer or each school. The Head of each School and other senior staff will be present to take comments, questions, issues and concerns which StARs may wish to raise. Please make every effort to attend the foirum for your school.
StARs Training 2016-17 - Semester 2
If you are a Semester 2 stareter StAR or a StAR who has not been trained yet then please get in touch and we will arrange a StARs training session with you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Year 2016-17 - how do i become a StAR?
Each year of each course at the university should have a StAR elected to represent fellow students on academic-related issues surrounding the course, teaching and learning. Course leaders will brief their course during the first three weeks of teaching (October 2016) and then run elections for their courses. They then need to let the Students' Union know who have been elected as the StARs. If you are interested in becoming a StAR you should discuss with your course leader in the first instance.
Your Course Leader will brief the course on what a StAR is, their role etc. They will run an election to elect StARs for each year of each course. StARs will be elected by and from all students on the course in that year.
Become a StAR! (2016-17 recruitment leaflet for potential StARs)
Be a StAR! (2016-17 recruitment presentation for potential StARs)
StARs handbook 2016-17
Course Leaders - you will receive a breifing email from Eddie in the Students Union during week beginning 26th September 2016 regarding election of StARs. If you do not receive this email please contact Eddie on email@example.com
StARs Training 2016-17
From October 2016 the Students Union will be offering 'refresher training' for students who were StARs last year and 'StARs training' for students who are either considering becoming StARs or have become StARs for their courses in Semester 1 or 2016-17 academic year. Information will appear on this site very soon. Training is in the form or a one or two hour course which covers a range of skills needed to be a good student rep such as identifying and tackling issues and decision-making. StARs are free to contact Eddie firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions or queries:
Election of StARs to the Student Council
During later October 2016 we will be electing a number of StARs per school to the Student Council. This the main discussing and debating forum within the Students’ Union. It is a council made up of students from across the University who represent a constituency of students. These are elected officers of the Students’ Union, society officers, directly elected Student Council members and StARs. The Student Council invites guest speakers to its meetings, holds the Sabbatical Officers to account, elected students to senior university committees such as the Academic Board. If you are interested in being elected to sit on the Student Council then the first thing you need to do is get elected as a StAR for your course.
Would you be interested in representing the student in your school on your School's board and Ungergraduate & Postgraduate Committee? The students' Union needs hardworking and able StARs, who are able to speak up and speak out on belalf of students to take seats round the table of these committees, chaired by the Head of School (a member of senior managment). If you are interested in sitting on these committees the first thing you need to do it get elected as a StAR for your course.
StARs social and networking events
The Students' Union hold annual networking events for StARs just before Christmas. Come along to hear more about student representation, an update on activity, network with other StARs, hear inspirational speakers and have a glass of wine. Member of Parliament for Islington North and now Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, addressing Student Academic Representatives in 2013 on the importance of being an elected representative.
NUS and StARs - you are not alone!
Most Students' Unions up and down the UK (and beyond) have StARs or Course Reps Schemes. As a London Met StARs you are one amongst literally 1000s. Check out the NUS Student Engagement Toolkit for the latest advice, assistance and best practice for course reps from the National Union of Students (NUS).
Eddie Rowley (staff)
Student Voice Coordinator - Engagement & Campaigns
0207 133 4171
Barbara Ntumy (Sabbatical Officer)
FSSH Sabbatical Officer & Education Portfolio holder
0207 133 4171
London Met Faculty StAR appearing on BBC Breakfast News