About the Language Convenor role

Due to the unique nature of the School of Modern Languages, a Convenor is elected for each Department within the School. You will represent all students within your Department, working closely with the Modern Languages School President to improve communication and collaboration between students and staff.

Specific Duties 

  • Lead and support the Class Representatives within your Department, alongside the School President.  
  • Organise and chair Student Staff Consultative Committee meetings within your Department, in consultation with Class Reps and the Head of Department.
  • Liaise with the School President to organise Class Rep elections within your Department. 
  • Attend Education Committee meetings alongside School Presidents once per week. 
  • Manage your Convenor email account, and deal with any student concerns that arise.

How to Succeed 

  • Organise Class Rep Forums within your Department at least twice per semester.
  • Liaise with the School President, Head of Department, Director of Teaching, and other staff in your Department. 
  • Forward relevant updates to the School President for inclusion in their weekly email. 
  • Liaise with the SRC Employability Officer, Careers Centre, Careers Link, School President, and Class Reps to organise internship and careers events. 
  • Host regular events to improve wellbeing and the sense of community within your Department, in collaboration with the School President and Class Reps. 

Useful Skills and Characteristics  

  • Dedicated to improving all aspects of your Department. 
  • Experience interacting with the academic representation network. 
  • Organised, with good time management skills.
  • Able to work as an active member of a team. 


  • Develop public speaking and professional communication skills. 
  • Learn to negotiate with a wide range of students and staff. 
  • Work with a diverse team of highly motivated student representatives. 
  • Opportunity to work on projects developing academic wellbeing, careers, employability, and diversity. 
  • Improved understanding of how the University operates. 
  • Gain experience relevant to the higher education industry. 
  • Gain hours toward a Volunteering Award, which is listed on your academic transcript. 

Expected Time Commitment 

On average, you will spend 8-10 per week on this role. Some weeks will be more demanding than others. 


Only full-time undergraduate students, who will be studying at Honours level whilst holding the position, are eligible to stand for election. 

Students are only eligible to stand for election in a Department from which they will graduate, according to their degree intention. 

Further Questions 

Email the DoEd or current Language Convenor or School President if you have any questions.