The inaugural Students’ Union Rep Conference was held on 16th January 2018. The aim of the event was to bring staff, students and partners together to share best practice and ideas around the topic of student voice. The agenda consisted of a keynote address from Douglas Blackstock CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency, workshops delivered by student reps and Cardiff Met staff, and a group feedback session.


  • 'Making the Rep System Work,' Jade Staniforth, Keira Davies and Mark Tagara
  • 'Reaching the Not Yet Reached,' Alex Smith and Najib Ikram
  • 'Coming together: An example of Student Voice from Cardiff Met’, Dr Anna Bryant
  • 'Student Engagement: From Quality Assurance to Quality Enhancement,' Sophie Leslie and Nicola Poole

73 delegates attend the conference, this included; students, academic staff, professional services and managerial staff, representatives from local Students’ Union and from a Secondary School.

The Rep Conference: Student Voice Matters 2018 was a great success with positive engagement on the day and feedback from students, staff and guests.


“Fantastic. A chance to voice the students ideas and opinions”

“It was the first time I had properly engaged with the SU community and that many Cardiff Met staff who were so keen on improving the student voice”


We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who attended and contributed to this successful event. We’re pleased to announce that this will now be an annual conference and hope we can work with many more of you to develop the event further.

For those of you who missed it you can now watch Douglas Blackstock’s keynote below. It was fantastic to have Douglas join us and talk about his own experience as a student representative and how he’s brought his passion for student voice to his work at the QAA.

“It’s great to be here today to see that staff and students can come together and talk about how you can work in partnership in the future” Douglas Blackstock CEO Quality Assurance Agency

Check out the video of Douglas Blackstock, CEO Quality Assurance Agency speaking HERE