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Innovative students put on virtual festival

 

Bath College have recently elected their Students’ Union for academic year 2020/21.
 
The panel of students, led by returning Students’ Union President, Dan Ball, thought that the lockdown was no reason not to ensure that everyone got to celebrate the end of term.
 
The new Students’ Union members are Amy Curtis, Higher Education Officer, Emily Styles, Equality & Diversity Officer and Gemma Valentine and Eloise Lane, Events & Activities Officers. They hope to add more officers to their team with new students in September.
 
LINEUP College Sound WaveCollege Soundwave Festival showcased music from Bath College bands, alumni and local acts as well as performing arts, wellbeing tips and relaxation techniques such as street food and massage tutorials.
 
Students shared their favourite College memories and entered festival themed competitions, including sharing images of what ‘festival’ meant to them.
 
Also invited to the virtual event were all students starting in September, who got the opportunity to ‘hang out’ online with the new Students’ Union and ask questions about student life at Bath College.
 
The online event was attended by 150 students and was a very reassuring afternoon after what has been an uncertain time for young people.
 
Your students' union 2020 - May 2020Dan Ball, Students’ Union President commented: “I’m really pleased to have been voted in as SU President for a second year. It’s great to have a new team of officers and together we put on an event that was really beneficial to the students, who have been very anxious studying from home.
 
“I really enjoyed meeting all the new students who are starting in September and hope we gave them a taste of College life.”
 
The event was such a success the new SU plan to re-run the event on GCSE results day to bring celebration to a cohort of students who have had their exams so disrupted.
 

Dan SU President

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Q&A with Dan: What it’s like to be Student Union President

Dan Ball is the Student Union President at Bath College. He applied for the role after he completed a year as Vice President, which he did around his Public Services course.
 
He wanted to share his experience with any students considering applying for a position on the 2020/21 Students’ Union.

 

Why did you sign up for the Students’ Union?

I signed up when I was sill a student to be Vice President because I wanted to make a difference within the college from the students’ voice. At the end of my college course, I wanted to be President because I wanted to expand my career within the Students’ Union and gain much experience as possible.
 

What does your role involve?

My role involves running campaigns with the participation team, running the Students Union and leading the Student Voice. I attend Learner Voice meetings which is where course reps come and contribute to changes they want around college.
 

Since being an officer, what has been your highlight?

My highlight has been meeting new students and getting to know them and how they are enjoying their course.
 

What have you learnt since being part of the Students’ Union?

I have learnt that being part of the Students’ Union is enjoyable and that it is worth doing as it builds up a good CV.
 
What advice what you give to someone that is thinking of running to become an officer in the Students’ Union?

Joining the SU will enable you to work as a team, meet new people, volunteer and build up your CV. I would recommend planning your election campaign with reasons why you would like to represent the student voice. Give it ago and take the opportunity while it’s there!!
 
 
To find out all about the 2020/21 roles, click here
 

 

Molly Cook SU Equality & Diversity Officer

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Meet our SU Equality & Diversity Officer, Molly Cook

 

We spoke to our Equality & Diversity Officer, Molly, who got elected onto the Students’ Union after running a successful campaign at the end of last academic year.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Molly Cook and I have autism. I love to socialise with different people. I like to make new friends and get to know people. I love music and I like to chat to people about things. I love to be out and about with people and on my own. I go to clubs outside of college. I am a lovely person. I just love chatting to people to get to know them.
 
What course are you doing at Bath College?
I am doing the LILS (Life and Independent Living Skills) course at Bath College at Somer Valley Campus.
 
Why did you apply to be Equality & Diversity Officer?
I applied to be Equality and Diversity Officer because I want to make a difference around the college and make college a better place. And I want to share my personal experience of autism and raise awareness of other disabilities and make college a more equal place.
 
What would you like to achieve during your time on the Students’ Union?
To make college a better place and to make people aware that I am the same as everybody else in college including all of my college friends. And I want to plan some events about different things. I’m looking forward to starting my campaigns.
 
Where can you be found on campus?
I can be found in the Wellow Building at Somer Valley Campus.
 

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Promoting healthy living on campus: New award for Bath College’s Student Participation Team

 
Bath College’s Student Participation Team has won an award recognising its work to promote health and wellbeing on campus.
 
Whether it’s a fruit kebab stall or a giant post-it wall, the team works hard to come up with creative ways to engage students. In recognition of this, they were invited to receive a Director of Public Health Award from Bath and North East Somerset Council.
 

 
The team submitted evidence from Bath College’s health and motivation month in January to qualify for the award.
 
Activities included a giant game of smoking hoopla to promote the college’s anti-smoking campaign. Anti-smoking kits were given out, including tangle toys, breath mints and information on quitting smoking.
 
Members of the Student Participation Team made postcards with motivational quotes to hand out at lunchtime, and started January with a float your hopes event. Students were given helium balloons and invited to write their hopes for the future on them.
 

 
Equality and Diversity Officer Katie Dunn was also keen to promote the importance of having a positive body image during mental health week. To do this, she covered a sofa with white fabric and asked students to write down their favourite things about themselves.
 
Student Participation Manager Rob Heyes said: “Judges liked the fact that a lot of the things we’re doing are very different. We’re constantly working to come up with creative ways to engage with students around the topic of health and wellbeing.”
 

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