Student representatives are essential for the development of UiS. As a student representative, your most important task is to convey the students' opinions, thoughts and wishes to those who make decisions across the different levels at UiS.
The University of Stavanger aims to offer education of high quality by ensuring solid competence that is relevant for the future working life.
To be able to do this, the University is dependent on student representatives to help promote students rights, ask critical questions, and contribute to the continuous development of courses and study programs. After all, it is the students who notice whether the teaching works or not.
Student representatives at UiS are divided into three different levels.
Course level representatives are students who represent the students in one (or more) courses. You will be the closest contact person for fellow students at the course level - which obliges you to promote your fellow students' views and opinions to the course coordinator. In other words, you will influence decisions that directly affect your everyday study.
Subject trustees can be elected or appointed.
Training of subject trustees is organized by UiS. When you become a trustee, you receive an information email from StOr with useful information related to the position and contact information for the student organisation.
If you want to be a shop steward for your course, you can register your interest in the position in a lecture or by contacting the course coordinator, study program leader or education officer in StOr.
As a program level representative, you present all the students within a specific study program. Your task is to be the voice of all students in your study program. In order to do so, you have a permanent spot in the study program council.
Stewards on a study program can be elected or appointed.
If you would like to be a trustee for your study programme, you can register your interest in the position by contacting the subject manager, study program manager or education officer in StOr.
Student representatives at the portfolio level represent either all the students at a faculty by attending the faculty board, or all the students at UiS by attending the University board.
Election or appointment of shop stewards at this level is considerably more complicated than the previous two levels.
Trustees to the faculty board are elected or appointed by the students at the relevant faculty. All students who have the right to study at the faculty can stand for election or make themselves available.
Union representatives on the university board are elected by all students at UiS. All students who have the right to study at UiS can stand for election and vote in the election of shop stewards.
Trade union representatives to various committees and boards at the study portfolio level, such as the education committee, are elected by the Student Parliament at UiS.
All students who have the right to study at UiS can stand for election, but only members of the student parliament can vote.
Study portfolio representatives at faculty level are elected or appointed within 15. September. Election or appointment takes place digitally, and the position extends over two semesters (1 academic year).
Study portfolio trustees at institution level are elected or appointed within 15. May in the spring semester. Election or appointment takes place either digitally or at the student parliament's election meeting, and the position extends over two semesters (1 academic year).
The responsibility for training shop stewards at the study portfolio level lies with StOr and each individual faculty. The training consists of a competence development course where student shop stewards gather for a thorough review of the many aspects of the shop steward role. The course is led by a course leader with extensive knowledge of the shop stewardship role, with elements from both the rectorate and StOr.
The course is conducted at the beginning of the autumn semester each year.
If you wish to become a shop steward at your department, faculty or at institutional level, you can contact the primary contact for shop stewards at your faculty or education officer in StOr.
In StOr's handbook for student representatives, you get a precise and basic introduction to what the role as a student representative entails!