Be the voice of other students, and represent them and their concerns and ideas with lecturers, faculties and the University as a whole.
Class representatives provide a connection between the lecturer and students. They also work with the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) Education Office on any academic issues that arise in their course.
Reps are elected by students by the third week of classes every trimester. Being a rep requires a weekly commitment. Representation may be approved (on a case-by-case basis) to count towards Victoria Plus and the Victoria International Leadership Programme.
Find more information and how to apply on the VUWSA website.
University council member
One student is elected each year to sit on the University Council. All full-time students may apply to stand for the position (though all students enrolled on a personal course are eligible to vote). The student delegate on the University Council attends monthly council meetings (3–4 hours each), as well as being asked to sit on one of the Committees of the Council. They are also invited to key university events, and are expected to attend at least one graduation ceremony in May and December as part of the role. They are also expected to keep up with developments and changes in the sector, and read all council papers sent to them. Elections are governed by the Council Elections Statute. The call for nominations, advertised in Salient, happens the month before the elections take place, usually in September, but this can happen earlier.
Faculty Boards govern their Faculty at Victoria and make decisions that directly affect students. Faculty delegates perform a vital role in ensuring that students have input and a strong voice when decisions impacting them are made. VUWSA appoints delegates for one academic year. Applications can be made at any time for the following year. Being a delegate requires around four hours each month to attend meetings. The positions are Victoria Plus approved.
Student representative (for Study at Victoria Open Day, school visits and information evenings)
Over the course of a year, the University holds recruitment and information events that require people-loving student representatives to speak, guide, host and set up equipment. Time commitment varies. For example, Study at Victoria Open Day is a full day’s work, while Wellington Information Evening and a school visit require only a few hours work. These roles are Victoria Plus approved and VILP approved (for international students only).
Find more information and how to apply, email email@example.com.
Representative group executives
Executive members organise the operation of the Rep Group. This involves numerous activities including budget submissions, quarterly reports, planning and running events. Members are elected at the Rep Group’s AGM. The time commitment is dependent on the role you have in the Rep Group but can vary between 5 and 15 hours a week. These roles are Victoria Plus approved, VILP approved (for international students only).
The groups currently active at Victoria are as follows (click to contact them by email):
- International Students’ Council
- Victoria Law Students’ Society
- Pasifika Student Council
- Postgraduate Students’ Association
- The Science Society
- Victoria Student Media
- The Women’s Group
Visit the Representative Group’s website to find out more about the different groups.