Student Course Representatives: Voice and Power

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Date:
Fri, 8 Jun 2018
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9:45am to 11:15am
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Dunwoody A
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The democratisation of HE has transformed the way that students and universities interrelate, characterised by a re-distribution of power and new ways of working and learning together. As part of this development, the role of Course Representative (CR) is increasingly viewed as an agent for the student voice across the sector. However, there is an emerging critique which challenges assumptions that representation is inherently ‘good’ and calls for deeper, critical examination of the CR role. This paper presents empirical work which explores how voice and power play out in the experiences of CRs at a modern university in the UK.

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