A Faculty is a grouping of departments in a similar discipline.
There are 6 faculties at the University of Sheffield:
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- The International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece
A Faculty Rep is a Course Rep who has been elected from their Student Staff Committee (SSC) to represent their department at a Faculty Student Staff Committee (FSSC).
What do Faculty Reps Do?
Faculty Reps find out about any concerns that students have and make them known to University staff. They are the student voice on Faculty committees and they have the chance to make that voice heard before decisions are made.
They also communicate to their coursemates what those decisions were, and why they were made. Above all, they are aiming to bring about positive change in the education delivered by their Faculty.
Faculty Student Staff Committee
- A meeting of students and staff from within a Faculty. There will be at least one undergraduate and one postgraduate Faculty Rep from each department to represent students.
- Students should be in the majority at these meetings
- This committee will discuss student issues that arise from across all the departments in a Faculty with members of staff from that Faculty.
Faculty Student Forum
- These are specifically themed ‘events’ organised by Faculty Reps once each semester.
- These Forums will be open to all students in the faculty, with Course Reps and Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching being compulsory attendees.
- The aim of these meetings will be to gain student opinion on a specific topic which can be fed back to the Faculty.
Faculty Learning & Teaching (L&T) Committee
- Two Faculty Reps from a Faculty Student Staff Committee will be elected to sit on their Faculty’s Learning and Teaching Committee.
- Staff from the Faculty will be in the majority on this committee
- Faculty Reps on the Learning and Teaching Committee will be able to raise issues such as teaching quality, student assessment, the feedback students receive and the learning resources made available to them.
- Faculty Reps may also be asked for student opinion on things like changes to degree programmes, degree classification and assessment marking.
Faculty Research Committee
- Postgraduate Faculty Reps will attend the Research Committee to discuss issues related to research in the Faculty, including the Research Training Programme, Postgraduate Research marking, and studentship processes.
How Can I Get Involved?
Faculty Reps are elected from departmental Student Staff Committees. If you're a Course Rep you can become a Faculty Rep by standing for election from within your Student Staff Committee.
You can also attend the Faculty Student Forum, which is a great place for Course Reps and all students to make improvements to their Faculty.