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Community Reps

In July 2015, the Students’ Union launched its Community Reps scheme, with the aim of improving the communication between University students and local residents.

The Community Reps scheme was created following a series of successful meetings between the Students' Union, Guildford's Warden Team and the heads of the local residents' associations.

Since she took office in July 2016, the Students’ Union’s VP Community, Saskia Cochrane has built on the Community Reps’ solid foundation with ambitious plans to greatly develop the scheme’s reach and impact on the local community.

As a result, the number of Reps working with students and local residents has grown from five to eleven. They cover areas such as Onslow and Stoke, with new locations being added as the scheme grows. Saskia explained:

I wanted to take it to the next level as I felt it could really change the perception of students within our community.

She went on to add: "I have currently recruited eleven student volunteers who are all friendly, approachable and enthusiastic students, keen to get involved as Community Reps. They can be contacted via their Rep email accounts and raise any local issues, with the relevant people. I really hope that this scheme will grow bigger over the years and will improve the relationship between students and their neighbours."

For more information on the Scheme, get in touch with Saskia at ussu.vpcommunity@surrey.ac.uk