Congratulations to all the FE institutions who won an award in Birmingham (sort of) last night. In case you missed it, the lucky winners are;
Lancaster & Morecambe College Students’ Union
We were extremely impressed with the project and how the objectives were articulated and then delivered. It was clear that the project was driven by a desire to support students in need who were really struggling with issues of sexuality and gender. Most importantly the project was student led and student focused, ensuring accessibility and empathy for students’ needs. The SU were incredibly honest about the challenges they had faced and continue to face, however their enthusiasm and commitment was really evident and they are going from strength to strength building a real peer support community and using the principles in other diversity work.
Bournemouth and Poole College Students’ Union
A student voice initiative run entirely by students resulting in fantastic outcomes. The high numbers of face to face trained student reps being a particular highlight at Bournemouth and Poole College.
Kingston College Students' Union - Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Judges said the introduction of the tool kit, coupled with the network of ambassadors effectively contributing towards positive mental health activities, has had a direct impact on students’ mental health at Kingston College.
South Devon College Students' Union - Active Mental Health
The campaign tacked a serious issue local to this rural area, potentially filling a gap in service provision for young people in area. The efforts to make it a collaborative approach have proved impactful for students.
Officer Team Award
City of Glasgow College Students’ Association
The team showed a real passion for the whole student experience in their nomination, centring their objective setting for the year on both academic and wider experience issues including their rep system and the impact of the catering offer on their students.
Students’ needs were at the centre of their team’s plans for the year and the panel were impressed with their approach to use of feedback and data to determine their vision. With a team of four officers all but one of whom were new and had little experience of working with the SA, the panel were impressed with how they drew together as a team to deliver very practical and positive change for their students in the face of opposition on some issues from the academic staff.
Dudley College Students' Union
Dudley’s nomination showed that effective officer teams don't have to have shared experiences or shared political views to be hugely effective and to put students at the heart of their work. The panel really loved the honesty in sharing how they came together and worked through their objectives for the year; how they have respected each other’s views and how they then organised themselves to deliver on some projects that have had a real impact on their students; particularly around mental health and sexual health services. They have used their team's diversity to harness great change for their members!
Student Opportunities Award
Bournemouth and Poole College Students' Union
The panel were impressed with the evidence of students prioritising the unions work in this area. Identifying the priority to improve student volunteering week they worked well with the college to maximise the week. This submission is a good example of how working in partnership with the institution can enhance student opportunities with the college agreeing to rearrange the students’ timetable to maximise event attendance.
Lancaster & Morecambe College Students' Union
This year the students’ union have created a portfolio of thirty three student opportunities when this time last year there were none. Using digital systems to enable students to easily create societies and sports clubs that can be supported by the union. This has led to 13 student led societies being created and handing over too new committees.They demonstrated strong collaboration work by linking up with Cumbria SU to provide opportunities in another twenty areas. The panel were struck by how they developed students opps from nothing, making immediate impact in terms of engagement and relevance of the union.
Students’ Union of the Year Award
Leeds Trinity College Students' Union (FE)
Leeds City College had a clear aim to put students back at the heart of their experience and this has been reflected in the success that has been achieved in the past year. Voter turnout has been enhanced through the development of a new voter system with a 126% increase to 915 students voting.The Student Voice has been active in the Union with over 500 signatures being presented to senior management demanding bigger prayer spaces and more Halal menu options. The focus on the Student Voice has given a new level of confidence to the organisation.
Coleg Sir Gar Students’ Union (FE)
What struck the judges most about this submission was the quality of output from the union. They are clearly well rehearsed in prioritising their efforts and resources focusing on impactful activity that is member led.Their submission evidenced the cycle of members identifying issues, possible solutions and then the union delivering these changes. This has led to growing participation in the union while also achieving numerous subject based wins on student transport and wellbeing.
There were sadly no FE winners of Green Impact this year.