Learner Voice encourages students at Derwen to develop skills including discussion, negotiation, decision making and problem solving.
Each programme area has a Representative and at least one Deputy Representative on the Student Union Board, of which members are democratically elected by students every October.
Programme area representatives on the Student Union Board have a clear vision of Learner Voice and how their voice can be heard to affect change within the organisation in order to improve the student experience for all.
In July 2018 Derwen College won the NUS Democracy Award. The award recognises Students’ Unions that have demonstrated and strengthened their commitment to democratic principles. The college was praised for its work in implementing democracy workshops where learners discussed having a voice and impacting change through democratic processes, particularly regarding the Student Union Board elections.
Student Union Board Representatives listen to and carry forward the ideas of peers in termly meetings with the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. The Student Union Board also has involvement with community projects, raising the profile of Derwen College and Learner Voice.
Derwen College Student Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students which awards a presence at a National level. This enables our students to drive forward change for people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.
All students at Derwen College have the opportunity to apply for an NUS Extra card for some great discounts when shopping both in stores and online.