Student engagement: get involved

Collaborate with us to shape your student experience

At the Tavistock and Portman, we value your input and strive to create an exceptional educational environment tailored to your needs. By getting involved, you can play an active role in shaping the services and resources we offer.

Whether you have suggestions for new resources, feedback on existing programmes, or ideas for enhancing the student experience, we encourage you to share your thoughts and collaborate with us. Your voice and support is essential in guiding our efforts to continuously improve and adapt to your evolving needs.

Your student voice matters

By getting involved, you not only contribute to the betterment of our institution but also develop valuable leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills that will serve you well in your future endeavours.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment where your voices are heard and valued. Join us in shaping an exceptional educational experience that empowers you to thrive and achieve your goals.

Become a student representative

Becoming a student representative allows you to play an active role in shaping the educational experience, while gaining valuable skills, insights, and positively impacting the institution. More information on how to become a ‘student rep’ is available via the My Student Community page on Moodle.

Key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Voicing the concerns and perspectives of fellow students to the institution
  • Advocating for policies and initiatives to improve the student experience
  • Participating in events, panels and committees related to your student experience
  • Collecting feedback from the student body and ensure their voices are heard

There are multiple benefits in getting involved, including:

  • Developing leadership, communication, advocacy and problem-solving skills
  • Building professional networks and connections
  • Gaining insider perspectives into the institution’s operations and contributing to the betterment of the educational community
  • Promoting inclusivity and community-building among diverse student groups


When you join one of our committees, you are able to provide valuable insights that help us to improve the student experience across the services we offer. There are a number of committees all striving to enhance your student experience, including:

Course Committees

Course committees are the perfect platform to express your student voice regarding your course. Meetings are chaired by the course lead and attended by professional services staff. Working together in sharing and discussing areas for improvement is imperative to changes made at course level.

Academic Governance and Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Committee primarily looks at ways of monitoring, improving and enhancing our service to students. We do this by looking at student feedback and other stakeholder feedback (such as the external examiner feedback).

Learning and Teaching Sub- Committee

The Learning and Teaching Committee looks at ways of improving learning and teaching at the Trust. They have a specific remit around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and a number of workstreams including Equalities, Student Experience, Staff Experience and Research.

Student Experience Sub-Committee

The Student Experience Sub-Committee aims to support the Trust’s commitment to providing an excellent student experience, by considering broader Trust issues and developments.

Surveys and feedback channels

By participating in surveys and utilising our feedback channels, you are able to share your perspectives on various aspects of your educational experience.

In particular, our annual student survey allows us to gather valuable feedback and opinions from all students enrolled in programmes at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This survey provides you with an opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences with us.

Dean’s student forum

When you attend the Dean’s forum, you can directly interact with the senior executive leadership team and with professional services staff.

Led by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, these forums foster open dialogue regarding important themes like support services, equal opportunities, educational aspirations, and policies impacting the student experience; allowing students to provide feedback, ask questions, and share insights that help to shape and enhance their overall educational journey in a collaborative manner.

Student governor

Meet our current student governor, Katherine Knight.

Student and trainee groups

Discover a safe space to connect and communicate with your peers.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion are intrinsic to all areas of course leadership and our services.

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