Derwen College students took part in student elections this week, making speeches and pledges in the hope of being voted on to the college’s Student Union Board.
Students from each department, including first year ‘freshers’ who have been at the college for less than a month, stood up and appeal ed to colleagues for their votes.
Elected student reps and deputies were announced to resounding applause. The chosen reps and deputies will represent their fellow learners for the next 12 months.
Sarah Laszlo, Learner Voice co-ordinator, said that all the students who took part in the election process should be very proud of their contribution.
She said to students: “Congratulations to everyone who stood today. It’s a really tough job to stand here and talk and everyone has done an amazing job.
For the next 12 months, your reps will be working for all of you. Anyone who didn’t get on the board today shouldn’t be too upset as there are still plenty of ways to help with fundraising and fun activities at the college.”
Sarah paid tribute to the new first year students.
She said: “In my 17 years here, this has been one of the best groups for listening and showing respect.”
Sarah also thanked everyone who helped with the Student Union Board elections through supporting students with their speeches, building confidence, getting learners to their voting sessions and supporting those who didn’t make the final team.
Derwen College is committed to giving students a voice in the running of the college through Learner Voice. Learner Voice work encourages many skills including discussion, negotiation, decision making and problem solving.
Student Union Board members and Student Union Officers are elected through democratic processes across programme areas every October. The Student Union Board meet regularly to discuss issues, suggestions and ideas raised by students, and meet termly with the college’s Leadership Team.
So, here is the final line up for Student Union Board 2018/2019
Oliver Burrows – Representative
Adam Gill – Deputy
Carys Williams – Representative
Shane Bland – Deputy
Living & Work Programme
Alice Hirst – Representative
Ellie Trevalyan – Deputy
Matthew Lane – Representative
Amy Wayman – Deputy, Ben Aston – Deputy
Creative and Foundation Studies
Cerys George – Representative
Thomas Shacklady – Deputy, Maisie Thomson – Deputy
Sian Walker – Representative
Bethan Charles – Deputy, Taylor Farr – Deputy
Hospitality & Housekeeping
Max Marek – Representative
Adam Ffoulkes Fenner – Deputy, Katrina Beacham – Deputy