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Call for Student Representatives

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and Scotland’s Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSSS/DTP) is recruiting new Student Representatives to join our team

SGSSS is a partnership of 16 Scottish Universities and the Student Reps team includes a student from each institution. We have vacancies for Student Reps in several Universities. We therefore welcome applicants from these Universities, regardless of their funding source, whether they are full or part-time or what subject area (provided it falls within the Social Sciences) they are based within.

Student Reps are ambassadors for SGSSS and are part of the communication bridge between students, institutions and the SGSSS. The Associate Director for Student Experience is your main point of contact and support on SGSSS. There are multiple ways that the Student Reps can engage with SGSSS:


  1. Meeting twice a year to discuss issues emerging from fellow students and to organise representations on various events and boards. Meetings will be held at Induction in November and at the Student-led Symposium in the Spring.
  2. Contributing to discussions on a Web-based platform (using Slack).
  3. Contributing to the SGSSS Newsletter as appropriate.
  4. Involvement in your institution’s SGSSS Management Group or Committee.
  5. Responding to ad hoc queries from the SGSSS/DTP office where the student experience is relevant.
  6. Assisting with appointment of new reps in your institution (publicising, promoting and being shadowed by incoming rep).
  7. Familiarising yourself with the Student Experience Strategy.

In addition, Student Reps are encouraged to opt into one of the following activities:


  1. A role in organising the Student-Led Symposium
  2. A role in organising the Summer School
  3. A role in organising the subject-relevant Hub Festival Days
  4. Involvement with Student Surgeries, hearing and responding to student issues from across Scotland
  5. Opportunities to contribute to the Supervisory Board, the Pathway Convenors Group and the SGSSS Induction Event.

Time contribution: usually between 10-15 hours a year. We expect optional activities to be shared across the team to keep involvement at reasonable levels.

Your appointment is normally for two years from January, although the situation can be reviewed after one year.  To help your transition into the role, you will shadow the outgoing Student Rep and you will attend the SGSSS Induction Event in early November.

All travel costs, where public transport is used, will be reimbursed.

Positions available
We’re currently seeking reps for the following Universities:
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Abertay University
  • Scotland’s Rural College
How to apply
  • Ideally you will be near or in the second year of your PhD by the time you become an SGSSS Student Rep
  • You should also contact the existing rep in your institution to discuss what’s involved. The full list can be found here
  • Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact the Associate Director for Student Experience, Emmanuelle Tulle ( with any questions.
  • Please submit a (max) 2-page CV plus up to 300 words on why you’re interested in this role to GradHub (link below)
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