Resources for student representatives

Here you will find useful tools and information concerning your role as student representative.

1.0 About being a student representative

During the first weeks of fall semester, all classes at OsloMet are to choose their main representative and deputy. These students will represent their class for the entire academic year. The class representative will speak on behalf of his/her class in meetings with lecturers and administrative staff at OsloMet. They will also represent their class in the student council. Furthermore, the role as a class representative also entails being a representative in the student council at your faculty.

At this page you will find resources and information that could be useful for your role as a student representative. Should you not find the information you seek on this page, please contact the student faculty council (Studentenes Fakultetsråd) at your faculty or the vice president of the Student Parliament.

1.1 Class meetings (klassens time)

Your class has a right to have one hour per month to discuss relevant matters. As class representative, it is your responsibility to organize these meetings. The link will show you how you can organize a class meeting.

A class meeting is a platform where you can inform your fellow students about relevant matters of OsloMet and allows for your class to discuss these matters. It is up to you and your classmates to decide whether your lecturer can partake during the class meetings.

1.2 Support services for students

Should your fellow students have issues with your study program, lecturers or the like, they may come to you. In these situations, it is important to know that OsloMet provides a range of different services for students, so that you can inform your fellow students of these services. The services range from the Student Ombudsperson (advocate for students), who can provide legal advice, to the University Chaplain, should students need someone to talk to. Below, you will find an index of OsloMet’s support services for students.

2.0 Meetings

2.1 Student Council meetings

Each department has its own student council where all the class representatives are included. In these meetings you can discuss matters that are relevant for most students at your department. You can also discuss interests, ideas and concerns on behalf of your class. The student council can forward these issues to the student faculty council (SFR).

All class representatives will get an invitation to the student council meeting on a monthly basis. The board of the student council will schedule and prepare case documents for these meetings. If you have a case you would like to be included on the agenda, please send a written document to your student council so that it can be included in the case documents.

Remember to always read the case documents and do necessary preparations before the meeting.

2.2 Meeting with the course coordinator

As class representative you can address issues you and your class have discussed with the right people. At OsloMet we strive to solve issues at lowest level possible. This entails that should you have a problem with a lecturer or a course, the best way is to address your lecturer. If there are issues that are relevant for several classes at your department these issues can be addressed at the student council meetings.

Coordinate with your team coordinator/ course coordinator how you should schedule meetings. Should it be once a month? Will you participate in all the team meetings with the lecturers?  It is important to plan this early on. If your class has a problem, it would be smart to try to come up with a solution to this problem. Remember it is just as important to say what your class is happy with as what you are unhappy with. If there is an issue that could be relevant for several classes/groups/levels the course coordinator can set up a meeting for the relevant class representatives so they can discuss the issue together.

3.0 Course evaluation

As a student you have a right, and a responsibility, to participate in work related to improving the education and courses at OsloMet. As class representative you will be an advocate for enhancing the quality of your course/study program. OsloMet is always seeking to advance and adjust to make improvements and in this work, they need help from their students in form of course evaluations and annual student surveys. It is important that you as a class representative inform and encourage your class to participate in student surveys, such as Studiebarometeret, and course evaluations.

The course evaluations are an important part of the quality assurance system. At the end of each course, your class should evaluate the content and implementation of the course. Read more about course evaluations and your role as a class representative, as it is an important part of your assignment:

4.0 Problems or challenges?

4.1 Complaints and the Si ifra! System

If someone in your class wishes to file a complaint on matters related to their study program or study environment, we at OsloMet recommend that you try solving these matters at the lowest level. You can either talk to the person involved or you can file a complaint through the Si ifra! Page. Read more about the process and Si ifra!:

4.2 Technical trouble?

Below, you will find a list of relevant e-mail addresses that could be useful should your class or you as a class representative have trouble with webpages that are out of function or if you have questions about OsloMet’s digital platforms or other technical issues.


4.3 Who can you always contact?

The student democracy system of OsloMet consists of four levels. Study program level (the class representatives), the student council, the student faculty council and the student parliament. We always recommend you try solving matters at the lowest level, but should you need help you can reach out to:

The Student council – a board of class representatives at your department who can assist you on matters related to your study program.

The Student Faculty Council – assists in all matters that can be relevant for all students at the faculty.

Student Parliament – the highest level of student representation at OsloMet. Can assist on matters that are relevant for all students at OsloMet. You can contact the vice president of the student parliament if you are student, a class representative or a board member in the student council. Should you have any questions or need some sort of assistance, please send an e-mail to:

5.0 Student Politics

If there is something you and your class are interested in, you can have a look at the ongoing cases and policies we are working on. The Student Parliament has several resolutions and political documents that can be relevant for your work.

Moreover, as the highest level of student representation at OsloMet, always seek new politically interested people to join us.

If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail at

  • The Student Parliament’s resolutions
  • Political documents

Councils and committees: University level

The Student Parliament sometimes adds members to councils and committees throughout the year.

The University Board
The university’s highest decision-making body. They decide on the university’s overall strategic activities and operations. This is where the most important issues are decided.
Student representatives: 2 permanent + 2 deputy

Board for Student Affairs (formerly the Complaints Board)
Complaints about individual decisions means complaints from students about e.g. formal errors in exams, loss of study rights, lack of study progression, etc. The board is responsible for cheating cases at OsloMet.
Student representatives: 2 permanent + 2 deputy

The Fitness to Practise Board
Makes decisions in cases of exclusion on the basis of academic and personal qualifications. Suitability applies to students in teaching and health and social services, and the student representatives should be from the programs that are subject to suitability assessment.
Student representatives: 2 permanent

Learning environment committee
The Learning Environment Committee is an advisory body at OsloMet that assists the university management in matters related to the learning environment. The aim of the Learning Environment Committee is to initiate and follow up on matters relating to students’ physical and psychosocial conditions at the institution. The committee aims to participate in the planning of measures relating to the learning environment and to be involved in the development of issues relating to student safety and welfare.
Student representatives: 6 permanent + 6 deputy

Research and development committee
The committee advises the management on issues relating to research and development activities at OsloMet.
Student representatives: 2 permanent + 2 deputy

Education committee
The Education Committee is advisory to the university management. The committee shall contribute to the development of OsloMet’s educational programs. The committee shall also help to ensure that the institution has a comprehensive education strategy and a socially relevant study portfolio of high-quality programs that reflect OsloMet’s academic profile and uniqueness. The committee also lays down supplementary provisions within the framework of regulations relating to the programs.
Student representatives: 3 permanent + 3 deputy

The allocation committee for activity funds
The allocation committee for activity funds is responsible for distributing OsloMet’s activity funds, which are intended to support student culture and activity. Grants are awarded twice a year. The criteria for allocation are specified in separate regulations. Perfect for those who want to help increase student volunteering and association work and like finances.
Student representatives: 2 permanent

Appointment committee for teaching and research staff
The appointments committee is for those who are good judges of character and are concerned with appointing the right people for OsloMet. This committee approves job advertisements, appoints expert committees and awards promotions.
Student representatives: 1 permanent + 1 deputy (it is desirable that the deputy sits as a permanent member of the appointments committee for professors, researcher 1 and senior lecturers)

Appointment committee for professors, researcher 1 and senior lecturers
The appointments committee is for those who are good judges of character and are concerned with appointing the right people for OsloMet. This committee approves job advertisements, appoints expert committees, awards promotions and approves applications to continue in the position beyond the age of 70.
Student representatives: 1 permanent + 1 deputy (it is desirable that the deputy sits as a permanent member of the appointments committee for teaching and research staff)

Culture committee
Are you interested in cultural offerings for students at OsloMet? The cultural committee is responsible for the cultural offerings at OsloMet and plans a cultural calendar for each semester. The cultural calendar consists of concerts, performances, film screenings, lectures on various topics, etc. As a student representative on the cultural committee, you help to plan and find activities for the cultural offerings.
Student representatives: 3 permanent

Steering group for INTERACT
INTERACT is a center for interprofessional education about and with children and youth. The INTERACT project started in 2016 and was established in 2017. The steering group will be close to the project and work to make strategic decisions for the center. It is desirable that the student representatives come from studies that deal with children and young people. It may be an advantage to have a degree in social care, but this is not a requirement.
Student representatives: 2 permanent + 2 deputy

The student parliament’s internal positions
All the positions below, with the exception of the student parliament’s own representatives, are elected at the election meeting, but are the Student Parliament’s own representatives.