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News: Stu­dent Gov­er­nors are inspired at AOC Con­fer­ence 2021

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Recent­ly Hen­ry Icke (Stu­dent Voice Offi­cer) and Natalia Maziarz (Stu­dent Union Pres­i­dent) were invit­ed to a nation­al Stu­dent Gov­er­nance Con­fer­ence to sup­port their roles as elect­ed Stu­dent Union exec­u­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tives and help their work with­in the Not­ting­ham Col­lege Stu­dent SU

The con­fer­ence is held at the Birm­ing­ham Inter­na­tion­al Con­ven­tion Cen­tre annu­al­ly and is host­ed by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges (AOC) and it brings togeth­er young peo­ple from across Eng­land for gov­er­nance train­ing and net­work­ing, which ensures they are knowl­edge­able, sup­port­ed, and pre­pared for the respon­si­bil­i­ty being giv­en to them in their roles.

Hen­ry shared: Hav­ing the chance of going to the Con­fer­ence this year was such an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence, this trip was all about learn­ing what the role of the stu­dent gov­er­nor is. It was about how to use the expe­ri­ence and bring new ideas to the table, and as well as hold­ing account of those in charge of col­lege life. 

Stu­dent gov­er­nors from col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try got togeth­er at this event and talked about their experiences, 

Hear­ing guest speak­ers and the thoughts and views of my gov­er­nors real­ly inspired me to bring more fresh ideas to our col­lege in meet­ings that we attend as board mem­bers. As a stu­dent gov­er­nor, it is our job to share our thoughts and opin­ions about stu­dent life on cam­pus­es and hope­ful­ly make changes. 

Stu­dent gov­er­nors require a lot of ded­i­ca­tion to their role and com­mit­ment. They also need to ensure they are pre­pared for the meet­ings they attend. 

When we meet at board with staff mem­bers who run the Col­lege we dis­cuss day-to-day issues that the Col­lege faces and takes deci­sions on, such as:

  • Cur­ricu­lum / Qual­i­ty of learning
  • Stu­dent experience
  • Qual­i­ty management
  • Finance
  • Estates”

I think the most impor­tant take away is know­ing that my voice as a stu­dent gov­er­nor is just as impor­tant as that of any oth­er mem­ber of the board — I am here not only to rep­re­sent the stu­dent body, but also as an indi­vid­ual work­ing in the best inter­est of our College. 

 — Natalia – Stu­dent Union president
Published on:
  • 7th December 2021 (12:00 AM)
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