StARS – Student Academic Reps


Do you think you have got it takes to be a StAR?

Chester Students’ Unions primary role is to make sure the ‘Student Voice’ is heard on all programmes across the University. Both Chester Students’ Union and the University of Chester are committed to building and maintaining a strong system of Student Representation in which YOU the students are at the heart of teaching and learning, campaigns, activities and the student experience.

Why be a Star?

  • STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD – You will gain key employability skills such as ; leadership, organisation skills, communication and teamwork.
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE- You can make a positive change for current and future students not only on your course but across the insitution
  • SOCIAL – make friends on your course and with other reps as well as the wider student body
  • BE IN THE KNOW – you will learn how the University and the Students’ Union work
  • WIN AWARDS – who will be the StAR of the year in next year’s AAB awards?
  • RUN CAMPAIGNS – if there is a burning issue on your course (academic or non-academic) we can help you set up and run campaigns to raise awareness and bring about change
  • GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR 9K FEES – being a StAR you really can make a difference, AND you get freebie so get involved

 What do StARS do?

  • SEEK the views of students on your course (academic and non-academic)
  • ATTEND meetings; firstly StAR training followed by 3+ Student-staff liason committees in your department
  • PARTICIPATE in CSU campaigns, events and meetings for student experience
  • FEEDBACK your findings to the Academic and Welfare VP and the Student Experience Officer in SSG as well as feeding back to YOUR students about how you have dealt with their responses. (e.g “You Said, This is What happened ….)

How Do you become a StAR?

Each academic year, StARs are democratically recruited in every module across all programmes of teaching at the University. This is so that student feedback can be gained across all levels. Each department has its own processes for electing their StAR, so please enquire within your department to find out how the election process will be run and when it will take place.

If elections take place in your department and you are successful in being elected as a StAR, you must then complete the Online Application to register your details.
If your department does not hold elections but asks you to nominate yourself as a StAR by applying online, you must first complete the Online Application and you will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.

StARs attend Staff Student Liaison Meetings (SSLMs) at least twice per academic year. Once recruited, StARs will receive training on the process and the skills needed to be an effective StAR before they go to their first meeting.

StAR Training

Training is provided for all Student Reps. This year we are running a compulsory day of training on Monday 3rd November for StARs. You’ll attend specific sessions for new or returning StARS and sessions from the Students’ Union, Student Engagement Officer Becky Lees and the Careers, Volunteering and Green teams. Students will also receive volunteering recognition for attendance. Training will be available at other locations, but StARs from other campuses are encouraged to attend the event on 3rd November wherever possible.

StAR Training Materials

Training for New StARs – New StARs training
Training for Returning StARs  – Returning StARS
StARs Extras – StAR extras