PDA Student Reps

Find out how you can become a PDA student rep today!

What is the role of a PDA Student Representative?

The PDA recognise and value our student reps. The role involves sharing information and feeding back on student issues and concerns, including from your peers so that we can lobby on your behalf, communicate with you, issue relevant guidance and support, and where appropriate, campaign for you and with you.  This voluntary role is vital to the work of the PDA and will help ensure that more pharmacy students are aware of who the PDA are, what we do, what support and advice is available to students when they join the PDA FREE , and how members can get involved.

Together we can:

The time commitment for this role is flexible – you may choose how much time you are able to give to this role. Our events are usually daytime events but may include infrequent evenings and/or weekends. Hours will vary depending on the activity, for example, careers fairs may be up to 6 hours, sharing a tweet can take just a few minutes and workshops are usually 2 hours. We understand you might only be available for part of this time depending on your timetable.

The student rep role includes:

  • Supporting PDA Regional Officials and other PDA colleagues with careers fayres and teaching workshops at your School of Pharmacy.
  • Promoting PDA Free membership for Student Pharmacists and asking your fellow students to join.
  • Giving a short 3 slide presentation (provided) about the PDA at the beginning of your lectures, when appropriate and with permission of your lecturer.
  • Keeping up to date with the PDA Latest news on our website and on our social media pages (please find the links at the bottom right of this page) and share them with other students through your networks.
  • Learning more about the work of the PDA and the PDA Union so that you may pass this information on to other pharmacy students.
  • Creating an email, online, social media or WhatsApp network of PDA student members at your School of Pharmacy to share information with them and to ascertain their views
  • Keeping in touch with PDA members of staff to help us to understand and learn from your experience so that we can better support the profession and pharmacy students.
  • Joining events and other PDA activities such as annual Conference, Young Members Weekends and our training opportunities.
  • Getting in touch with your Regional Official and asking to attend a Regional Committee meeting as a guest.

The role may develop over time, and once you become a Pre-Reg there are opportunities to stay involved in many different ways such as; becoming a PDA Pre-Reg rep,  getting involved with your Regional Committee, becoming a workplace rep, getting involved in one of the other PDA networks or securing a place on our development programme.

If you are an overseas student with a Tier 4 visa you are able to apply due to the voluntary nature of the role. However for further information and guidance please click here.

Training Support and Networking for you

As a student rep, we want you to feel confident and supported in your new PDA role.

We hope to provide opportunities for all our student, pre-reg and provisionally registered reps to develop your skills and knowledge and to gain personal satisfaction through helping and supporting others and shaping your profession for the future.

The PDA provide many opportunities for our reps to develop their knowledge and skills:

  1. Induction activities
  2. Training opportunities through GFTU
  3. Training and events for Reps with the PDA and external stakeholders face to face and online
  4. Link you with a PDA Regional Official in your region for support
  5. 121 mentoring support for your rep role with a member of the PDA Organising & Engagement Team
  6. Place at the GFTU Young Members’ Weekend
  7. Space for you to network, share and support each other
  8. Opportunities to join other PDA networks such as our equality networks
  9. A PDA Executive Member focussed on the issues important to you
  10. Places for student reps at PDA National Conference

Download our student flyer

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Register your interest

Please complete the following form to get in touch with us and a member of our Organising & Engagement Team will get back to you. Please also include the reason why you are interested in the rep role and any skills or experience relevant in the message box below.


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