Student Representative

Being a student representative is not only a fun experience, but also a merit on your CV. You will get the opportunity to influence your education and even get paid. As a student, you have the right to be represented in all preparatory and decision-making bodies within the university.

"Bodies" are decision-making or preparatory forums, councils or committees for issues that concern you as a student in various ways. It is everything from program councils that concern direct issues in your program, to the University Board where, among other things, the Vice Chancellor takes decisions at a very high level.

The union board appoints student representatives every month.

The last day to apply if you want to be appointed in June is: June 8

The board makes decisions on appointments on: June 16

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Students can be represented at all preparatory or decision-making organs at the university. For example, most programs have a program board where some of the teachers and students discuss matters related to the classes, study environment and upcoming events. At each faculty there is a faculty board. This board also has meetings where some of the decision-making staff, as the Dean and the administration is meeting. In this meeting the students have three seats. One of the seats is for a doctoral student, the other two are for undergraduate students.

If a student wish to become a student representative (in Swedish it’s called a “studentrepresentant”) you must apply via our website. After applying, our board decides and then we contact you. As a student representative you get a fee for every meeting you attend to. The fee is 350 SEK for meetings up to 4 hours. If the meeting is longer than 4 hours the fee is 700 SEK. The fee is paid by the university at the end of each semester.

However, international students’ possibilities to impinge on their education as student representatives is inadequate. Almost all preparatory or decision-making organs don´t use English as working language, they all use Swedish. The reason of this is the Swedish law called “Språklagen (2009:600) that claims the Swedish language is the one to use in government workplaces.

The board of the Linneaus Union recognizes that there is a problematic situation that international students encounter when it comes to the possibilities to impinge on their education due to the law of the Swedish language.

As far as we know, only the international programs where the educational language is English, uses English as working language in the program board meetings. Otherwise all decision-making or preparatory organs uses Swedish as working language except for the Internationalization Committee. Temporary institutions sometime use English as working language, for example an Employment board.

Position descriptions

FAQ - Student Representative

Here you can find out which faculty you belong to through which association you belong to. Several associations includes educations that belongs to multiple faculties. Email us at representant@linnek.se if you need any more information, or talk to you educational association. 

Växjö

Växt - You belong to the faculty of technology (FTK)
Viska - You either belong to the faculty of social science (FSV) or the faculty of arts and humanities (FKH).
Wädur - You belong to the faculty of technology (FTK)
Samvete - You belong to the faculty of social science (FSV)
S.M.I.S.K - You either belong to the faculty of social science (FSV) or the faculty of health and life sciences (FHL)
Pedal – You study to become a teacher and you belong to the board of teacher education. But depending on your chosen subjects, you might belong to other faculties as well.
Pax - You belong to the faculty of social science (FSV)
Lips - You belong to the faculty of health and life sciences (FHL)
Klubb - You belong to the faculty of arts and humanities (FKH)
EHVS - You belong to the faculty for the school of business and economics (FEH)
EDBplus - You belong to the faculty for the school of business and economics (FEH)
Champs - You belong to the faculty of social science (FSV)

Kalmar

Meskalin - You can either belong to the faculty of arts and humanities (FKH) or the faculty of social sciences (FSV)
SPIIK - You belong to the faculty of technology (FTK)
Karolin - You study to become a teacher and you belong to the board of teacher education. But depending on your chosen subjects, you might belong to other faculties as well.
Lambda - You belong to the faculty of technology (FTK)
KalmarEss - You belong to the faculty for the school of business and economics (FEH)
Humanus - You either belong to the faculty of social science (FSV) or the faculty of health and life sciences (FHL)
CNaS - You belong to the faculty of health and life sciences (FHL)

FEH = The faculty for the school of business and economics
FHL= The faculty of health and life sciences
FKH = The faculty of arts and humanities
FSV = The faculty of social sciences
FTK = The faculty of technology
NLU = The board of teacher education

This is one of the largest and perhaps most significant opportunities students have regarding student influence and advocacy. A student representative is a student at the university who is elected by the student union to represent the students in what is called a preparatory or decision-making body. It is suggested that you are a student representative in a body that is connected to what you are studying, for example a program council or perhaps an employment committee for a new senior lecturer. 

The student representative's task is to bring the students' case and advocate for the students' interests in the discussions and decisions made during the meetings. The meaning of this varies greatly depending on the type of body the student representative is in. Sometimes, there are news about the educational programs, for example a form of subject specialization that is suddenly removed. This is a type of decision made in a body where the students could have had a student representative who either works against the decision or for, but who can also inform fellow students, the association or the union about what is about to happen. In this way, students can influence their education!

Some spend 15 minutes per semester on their assignment, while others work 3 hours a month. The amount of work can vary quite a lot depending on which body you as a student are elected to. For example, the faculty boards deal with larger and more comprehensive issues than, for example, a head of department's decision meeting, which is usually already prepared and goes fairly quickly.

No you do not have to have experience. All students at LNU can apply to become a student representative, it does not matter if you are studying the first semester or are a doctoral student. What matters are what prior knowledge, or what level of studies that are desirable for the specific assignment. For example, doctoral students are usually desirable as student representatives to, for example, Supervisors' Colleges. We usually encourage the student to be able to relate to the body they apply for. If you apply to a program council, you should therefore be a student at that program, if you apply to an employment committee, you can study both at the department or in some cases study HR and recruitment.

Being a student representative is a remunerated assignment and the student receives SEK 350 for meetings up to 4 hours, thereafter SEK 700. The fee is paid at the end of each semester by the university and the official who convenes the body you are represented in is the contact person. 

PhD student representatives are compensated with time.

Start by looking in our register further up the page. It is divided into faculties and university-wide bodies. For most bodies and programme councils, it is clear how many places there are and which ones have been appointed. If a program council is not in the register, you can contact us at representant@linnek.se and we will look into it.

You are appointed for one year at a time, which means that if you are appointed in August, you can occupy the position until next August without having to apply again. At most, an ordinary student representative may occupy a position for three years, but for PhD student representatives that restriction does not apply.

To become a student representative, you must be appointed, something the union board decides on. By filling out the form Become a student representative you will be proposed to be appointed during a union board meeting (provided there is room in the body you are applying for). The union board meets about once a month, and when you have been appointed your name will be entered in the register and the convener of the body will be contacted by us. If you have any questions about student representation, we are happy to answer them, contact representant@linnek.se.

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