According to the Higher Education Act, students have the right to be represented in all decision-making and preparatory bodies such as his important for the education and for the students' situation. Student representatives are partly at the higher education institutions but also at the national level. SFS nominates student representatives to various national bodies each year. We spoke with Anton Jägare who is the student representative.
Hi Anton, What is your assignment as a student representative?
I sit as a member of the university's separation committee on the nomination of SFS. The board exists to examine requests from universities for the separation of a student from their education.
The conditions for being separated can be, for example, that you have committed a serious crime or that you suffer from a mental disorder and that in addition to this it is considered that there is a significant risk that you will harm other people or valuable property within the framework of your training.
Is it a fun mission?
Funny may be the wrong word as these are tough situations. But it is a very interesting assignment and not least important. The cases the board handles need to be handled in a correct and legally secure manner. We have a court-like function as a tribunal and decisions can be appealed to the administrative court.
Who sits on the committee?
There are people with experience from the higher education sector, legal competence, medical and psychological competence. Then I then who have the student perspective. I do not know everything and that is not why I sit on the committee, but I can contribute with the student perspective and it is important that it is included in the room.
What do you want to send to those who are eager to apply to become a student representative?
Search! It is important that we student representatives are involved where decisions that affect students are made. You do not have to know everything, but you can contribute with the student perspective and that is the important thing.