Influence your education and study environment at Karolinska Institutet and help create a better university for all of us. As a student representative, you contribute with the students’ perspectives in discussions and decisions regarding everything from individual elements in your course or program to overall issues that affect the entire university.
Being a student representative is among the most important, fun and most developing things you can do during your studies! You also create a contact network within the university world and gain valuable qualifications and knowledge for your future career.
Students have the right to be represented when decisions are made or preparation takes place that is important for the education or the students’ situation, as is stated in chapter 2 § 7 of the Higher Education Act (Högskolelagen 1992: 1434).
The student union has the task of coordinating the students’ voice and appointing student representatives who will present the students’ opinions. Medicinska Föreningen (MF) has student representatives in all decision-making and preparatory bodies at Karolinska Institutet (KI), all the way from courses and educational programmes up to KI’s management and board. Through the members’ interests, the student union works with issues relating to quality of education, equal treatment, discrimination, work environment and all other issues that affect the students.
What does being a student representative entail?
Being a student representative means that you represent the students’ opinions in a board, committee or other group at KI. This means that you are invited to meetings and participate in discussions and express your perspective as a student on various issues. Depending on the group and level within KI, the meetings can be of different length and frequency, some groups have several student representatives and in some groups you can be the sole representative. Some student representative positions are remunerated.
What is expected of me?
No previous experience required! Sometimes there can be several applicants for a position and then it can be an advantage to have previous experience of student representative positions. Some groups at KI may have language requirements, and others may require that you need to study a specific program or course in order to apply for that position. The requirements set by KI are stated in the Excel files further down on this page. Documents are sent out in advance before each meeting and you are expected to read these. You are also expected to have contact with the body within MF that has chosen you to the position, in order to report from the meetings and gather opinions from other students.
How do I become a student representative?
You’ll find information about vacant student representative positions at central level and department level further down on this page. In the Excel files you can read about the positions and any requirements for applying. In the application forms for each level, you apply for positions you are interested in! Do you want to be a student representative in groups more close to your programmee? Contact your section that elects student representatives at program level. To be able to apply for student representative positions, you need to be a member of the student union. Not a member yet? Become a member here.
KI’s central bodies and groupings make decisions that affect all students and doctoral students at the university. Read more about KI’s central organisation here.
As a student representative in these groups, you present the students’ opinions on key issues and ensure that our views are taken into account in important decisions.
In the Excel sheet, you see which positions are vacant and can read more about them. Applications for positions at central level are prepared by the Chairperson of the Education Council (URO) and the representatives are then eleceted by the Board.
At department level you can influence decisions at the department responsible for your programme or course. Read more about all KI departments here.
At departmental level, there are three types of student representative positions you can apply for. You can be a representative in the education committees & councils, department representative or student safety ombudsperson. In the Excel sheet, you see which positions are vacant within each department. Check that the department you choose to apply to (regardless of which position) provides the programme/course you are studying.
Student representatives to programme specific bodies and groups at KI are often elected by the sections boards. Find your section within MF below and find out how the election of student representatives are made in your section. Contact your section if you have any questions! Contact information can be find on each section’s page.