20 May 2019

ACM Student Representation and Leadership Proposal

ACM, in partnership with ACM student representatives, are asking students to vote on creating a new Student Council and Course Representative system to start in 2019-20.

Why is this happening?
ACM needs a new student representation and leadership system.



  • ACM believes that students are partners in their own learning and should help shape the student experience at ACM
  • ACM’s current student representatives say they want better support, more opportunities to give feedback and better awareness of the course representative role and who the representatives are
  • Consulting more often and earlier with students can help ACM to make better decisions
  • ACM is changing the way it makes decisions and wants students more involved
  • There have been changes to what best practice in student representation looks like and what we can learn from elsewhere

What is the Proposal?
We are asking students to vote on a proposal which will change the way ACM works with students and in particular course representatives. We have also created an FAQ’s page and timeline of what will happen after the vote. We have highlighted the major changes below:

A new Student Representation System:

  • At the start of each academic year ACM will dedicate time to explain and promote the student representative role to all students.
  • Students can nominate themselves for the role, but other students and staff can also put forward students they think would be a great student representatives.
  • Student representatives will receive specific training to do their role and additional support from ACM staff
  • A scheme of reward and recognition for student representatives to raise the profile of the role and thank students who dedicate time to representing their peers
  • ACM will ensure that student representatives are on committees where ACM makes decisions on what students learn, the facilities you learn in, and the extra support students get.

A new Student Council:

  • ACM will create a new all-campus Student Council that all student representatives will be a part of. This will ensure student representatives have the opportunity to meet and work together on student issues across campuses, programmes and levels. This council will meet at least twice each year.
  • ACM will introduce a dedicated Student Council at each of ACM’s Campuses (London, Guildford and Birmingham) so that every campus has a group of students who can represent them on campus-specific areas. ACM will consult each Council when making major decisions which impact students and will work with student representatives from all councils for other key decisions made through ACM governance committees.
  • The Student Council will be Chaired by a dedicated team of Senior Student Representatives who take on leadership roles and help drive student priorities forward
  • ACM will create a new student referendum system which means all students will get to share their opinions on new or proposed changes and student ideas with the Student Council to improve the student experience at ACM.
  • The Student Council will get training and support from ACM staff
  • The Student Council will be involved in key projects (such as helping ACM form a new policy or helping with an event). This may involve allocating and supporting specific students to help with the project/event or responding to a project as a council.
  • ACM will support Student Representatives through new Student Forums where any student can come and meet their representatives and discuss what matters to you
  • Question Time events will now be a permanent, termly activity and organised by the Student Council where student issues and concerns are put directly to ACM’s senior staff leaders

What has Happened so Far?
The proposal has been put together by a group of student representatives from across ACM at all levels of study. Student Representatives fed in through specific meetings at Guildford and Clapham and Student Voice meetings across all three campuses. Students also came forward to feed-in at the Clapham Campus who said they wanted to start a new students union or council. ACM staff supported the students to write the proposal that we are now asking students to vote on.


What is Happening now – All Student Vote
All ACM Students have the opportunity to vote online on this proposal. You can vote ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Abstain’ to the question ‘Do you Support the Introduction of a new system of Student Representation and a new Student Council for ACM?’ Abstain just means you are not sure whether you agree with the proposal or not.

What happens if students vote YES?
This proposal will be implemented to start for the new academic year in September 2019. We are asking you to vote now so we can get the resources in place to recruit new student representatives and ensure the Student Council is in place for the new academic year. If you vote yes, current student representatives will form the Council before the end of this academic year to make sure students are making this proposal happen – not just ACM staff. Some of the ideas such involving representatives more in Question Time events – can begin before the end of this term.

What happens if students vote NO?

  • Student Representatives would come together again, with any interested students, to create a new proposal which may include some of these ideas.
  • The current Student Representative system would continue as it is now.
  • Some ideas, such as having more student representatives invited to sit on current committees and more student involvement in Question Time events could still go ahead.

How Do I Vote?
Every ACM student will be enrolled onto a module on Canvas called ‘Student Council’. You will get a notification letting you know that you’ve been given access to this.

You can find this module here:

You will be able to view this document as well as the FAQs and timeline document before voting. You can also get more information by visiting
the FAQ’s and timeline information online here:

To vote use the quiz function on the Canvas module and select the ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Abstain’ option, then click submit to vote. The poll will be open from Monday 20 May to Friday 31 May at 1pm. When the vote closes on 31 May, we will announce the result. Your vote in anonymous, ACM only sees the total number of votes for each option but not who has voted.


Timeline Following a Yes Vote
If students vote YES to the proposal, this would be the timetable for taking everything forward:




Students Vote


New Council meets and elects senior student representatives


New student representatives nominated and dedicated training takes place


Students are chosen to sit on new ACM Committees


– Monthly meetings of Student Council
– Termly ‘Question Time’ events with senior staff – Referendums take place on a regular basis

Please vote now by clicking here.

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