The Union is run by students for students, with the Executive Committee made up of an Higher Education (HE) Student President and and a Further Education (FE) Student President, as well as a Events & Activities Officer.
Hi I am your HE President! I was the welfare office in SCSU last year and wanted to gain further experience within the students' union and was successfully elected HE president. I am studying my PGCE here at Somerset and I am doing my teaching practice one day a week on the foundation diploma Arts & Design.
I want to make the student voice heard and improve awareness of what the SU does for YOU the students. We have a 100% Open Door policy, whereby students will be able to come to the SU office and approach me with any issues or problems.
The SU is there for you as students, this is your opportunity to have a say in ways to improve the HE experience at Somerset College.
Tel: 01823 366402
I am the Further Education Student Union President, and I am here to represent you as students at a local, college and national level.
I will be based within the Student Union office, where you can drop by and talk to me. My hours will be stuck on the outside of the door, so it is clear when I will be in.
My role as FE President is to represent you as students, and to listen to what you want to change, and what you feel passionate about, and try my hardest to bring that change. I am also here to support you with any troubles, so feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.
I am also a link between the students and the staff. I have regular meetings with staff; I am there to represent you and express the opinions of students of Somerset College. Of course I cannot do this without your opinions, so please do get involved!
I'm a 2nd year National Diploma Software Development student; so if I am not around the Union office you are more than likely find me in the Technology department.
Throughout the next year the SCSU Executive will be working very hard to listen to students, and to have their opinions heard.
All we ask of you is that you get involved and that you speak up and tell us what you want to change!
I am based in the Student Union office within the refectory; I run an open-door policy, so call in at any time. My role is to offer a link between you, as students, and act as a liaison between students and staff.
I can provide advice, guidance, support and information to help you progress throughout your course. I can also direct you to other college and support services where I will liaise with these to ensure students receive suitable advice and information on any topic, ranging from financial worries to personal difficulties.
As a recent graduate of Southampton Solent University, I am fully aware of any problems that may arise throughout your college life, and I know the appropriate members of staff within the college to contact.
The SCSU Executive and I will work very hard to ensure we are running a busy and exciting Student Union too but we cannot do that without the help of you and all your exciting ideas concerning new clubs, events, issues and anything to do with general college life. I meet regularly with FE and HE presidents and work closely with them to ensure everyone makes the most out of their time here at Somerset College.
This is an amazing opportunity to get a great experience out of your time here – and remember if we don’t know what you want we can’t help you!
What does the SU Do?
The Student Union is here to represent you. Whether it be assistance with academic representation on an individual or collective basis, or campaigning for your rights, the Union is here to make sure your voice is heard.
Programme reps and Curriculum Area reps elected at the start of each year are trained by SCSU to represent the views of the student body - this enables the college to make positive change for current and future students.
These reps can enjoy 'team building' days with the student union and gain a lot of experience from working well within a team to speaking confidently within a large formal meeting.
Activities & Events the Student Union have organised recently include: regular mixed age nights at Bliss Nightclub, Thorpe Park day trip, Paintballing, Go-Karting and lots of different enrichment activities such as salsa classes, knitting club, DJ club and Singing & Music club. There are also lots of events and activities organised at our Halls of residence which all students over the age of 18 can get involved with.
The Somerset College SU works in partnership with the University of Plymouth Student Union (UPSU) to help our HE students get that university feel within our college.
Get Involved with the SU
The SU need people to get involved! The benefits of becoming involved include:
- Meeting new people
- Decision-making surrounding student events and activities
- Having a say in how the SU and the College runs
- Working effectively within a team
- Having fun whilst earning money
All of these look great on your CV and enhance future job prospects.