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The key differences between SALTs and Reps/Union Councillors

A lot of work has gone into defining the roles of Student Associates in Learning and Teaching (SALTs) and Reps.

Here are some of the key points which highlight how the SALT network and the Representation structure will complement each other to create a diverse network of student engagement in learning & teaching development:

  • SALTs are employed by the University to work on specific projects relating to learning & teaching development. SALTs are not representational - they cannot speak on behalf of students.
  • Academic Reps are the democratic voice of students. Their role is to find out what students think about their educational experience and to represent these views to the University.
  • SALTs may carry out research or consultation with students as part of their projects.
  • SALTs are paid, reflecting the level of responsibility and commitment expected from them (they will be working up to 5 hours a week).
  • There is no expectation for the SALTs to attend Student-Staff Committees except to gain feedback and input into their projects.

Quick guide to main differences:

Paid student staff Student volunteers
Not expected to represent students Represent the views of students in their area
Do not sit on any committees (except Lead SALT on Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee) Sit on Student-Staff Committees, Faculty Learning and Teaching Committees & other relevant committees