Student Representation and Engagement

Student Representation and Engagement

There are many exciting opportunities for you to shape your student experience at the University of Aberdeen.

Student Engagement

You can make a difference and contribute to change by becoming:

  • A School Convener, Class or Programme Representative
  • An elected AUSA Sabbatical Officer
  • An elected student council representative
  • A sports or societies volunteering campaigner
Formal Student Engagement

You can share your views and fuel change in formal University decision making processes by becoming a student representative.

You can get involved by:

  • Attending University Committees, including Court and Senate
  • Participating in Steering Groups, Project Boards, Task Forces and Working Groups
  • Becoming a member of Internal Teaching Review Panels
  • Completing Course Feedback Forms to feedback on the quality of teaching and learning
  • Participation in a range of surveys measuring student satisfaction and engagement

You can have your voice heard by providing face-to-face feedback to academic staff, student representatives and professional services through an exciting range of informal opportunities including:

  • Talking with staff via email or during office hours
  • Engaging with staff during labs, classes, tutorials, field-trips and social events
  • Interacting with staff and students through online discussion groups
  • Engaging with your personal tutor to discuss co-curricular, pastoral and academic matters
  • Participating in non-academic feedback through focus groups, dialogues and opinion polls

Student and Staff as Partners

The University of Aberdeen wants you to have the best possible student experience during your time with us, and to make the most of the opportunities available to you.

We therefore expect staff and students to work in partnership to enhance the University community and to create an atmosphere of mutual courtesy and respect.

As effective partners, University of Aberdeen staff should:

  • Support and guide you as you join the University of Aberdeen community
  • Provide excellent teaching by furthering their skills through training and professional development and keeping up-to-date with innovations in teaching practice
  • Provide courses and programmes that are intellectually stimulating and give you opportunities to develop Graduate Attributes, maximising your graduate employability
  • Design assessments that support your learning and give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills
  • Provide timely and effective feedback which will guide your future learning
  • Help get your career off to the best start by providing opportunities that help you to develop personal and professional skills to make you attractive to future employers
  • Help you to access a wide range of student support and information services with friendly and supportive staff
  • Promote a sense of community throughout your University career by providing a welcoming, stimulating and safe learning and social environment
  • Ensure that you are treated fairly and have the opportunity to reach your full potential, as guided by our Single Equality and Diversity Scheme

As effective partners, University of Aberdeen students should:

  • Be dedicated with a commitment to learning and taking responsibility for your studies, both in the classroom and out of it
  • Help us improve the student experience by giving regular feedback through the range of formal and informal feedback mechanisms
  • Getting involved in our wide range of activities and co-curricular opportunities 
  • Familiarise yourself with the student support services, and seek advice when you need it, on academic or non-academic issues. Our friendly and approachable staff are here to help