On Wednesday 14 March 2018, we held the final session of the Student Parliament for this academic year. The parliament part of the Student Unions brings together tutor reps and elected members of the SU executive to discuss wider College issues of concern to students. The third parliament of the year brought together 30 tutor reps as well as members of the SU Executive.
The session featured a motion proposed by the SU President, Ben Roberts, about the use of re-usable cups at Strode’s. After much discussion, the motion was passed 90% to 7% in favour of allowing hot drink in classes, if they were in re-usable enclosed cups, a change to current College policy. This request will now be taken to the college management for consideration. There was also a lively Open Mic session about issues of concerns to our students where passionate views were expressed by all- great student democracy in action.
The feedback from the students was highly positive, with many welcoming the opportunity to discuss issues important for the College. We are delighted with the success of the Parliament this year which has seen on average 40 students attending each session. Students appreciate being listened to and the Student Parliament is part of the overall drive in the College to hear learner views more carefully as part of our overall quality improvement processes. The next session will be in September 2018.