The Principal Rowan Cookson opened the first student parliament of the academic year and described it as ‘a big week for the learner voice’. Students also watched a video address by Phillip Hammond our local MP, explaining the value of student democracy and the development of skills for democratic participation
The Students Union came together with 54 tutor reps to discuss issues of concern and priorities for the next academic year, including things about College that they don’t like or would want to change, new ideas for activities and events from the Student Union Executive etc. A variety of responses demonstrated that we have some confident, articulate advocates for change.
The Student Union are meeting soon to brainstorm their ideas and to discuss which ones they’d like to focus on. Also as a college, we will be studying the comments from students carefully and will update them on discussions as soon as possible.
It also highlighted that there are lots of successful and popular aspects to college life. Two further parliaments will be held later on in the year.