Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Doctoral CollegePGR Handbook

Student Representatives

Student Representation

The Students’ Union has more than 450 academic representatives who volunteer alongside studying for their degree. There are five Postgraduate Research (PGR) Representatives, one for each of the faculties of the University, who are responsible for all the PGR students within their Faculty. They act as the main point of contact for PGR students to provide feedback on a range of issues relating to their academic experience. They meet regularly with members of the Faculty’s Graduate School and work alongside the Union’s VP Education and Democracy.

The Union is a democratic organisation and as such the PGR Representatives are elected each year by their peers. If you would be interested in taking on one of these roles and receiving full training, experience and employability skills, please check the Union’s website for the election times and vacant roles.  If you have any questions about the elections process with the Union, please contact the Democracy team at     

If you have any ideas or problems during your time as a PGR, please get in contact with the relevant Union representative who will be able to help support your needs. You can find your current PGR Representative on the Union’s website with details of how to contact them. If you are unsure who to contact you can email the Representation team at and they will be able to help.

The Union also provides a number of ways you can feedback your ideas or suggestions to help improve the student experience. You can submit your idea to the You Make Change page where one of your elected Sabbatical Officers will take it forward. If you are interested in how decisions are made at the Union, you can attend any meeting of Union Senate and Making Change Summits, which take place throughout the year.


I need help with...


I need help with...

Privacy Settings