BPCSU are very proud to announce we have won the 2018 NUS Democracy Award! It has been a great year for students at the College and they have certainly made their voice heard!

In the 2017-18 academic year students have had a wide range of opportunities to contribute their feedback and make a positive impact on their Students’ Union and the College. The topics of discussion for the March 2018 Student Voice Conference were voted for by students, and in the event held at AFC Bournemouth’s stadium hundreds of students attended the Conference to debate potential improvements to several departments of the College including Tutorials, Marketing and Canteen Services. Students were also able to meet a College Board member at the Conference to learn about how the College is governed, and as an opportunity to voice any ideas concerning College development.

Student Voice Weeks have also been held throughout the year to encompass all curriculum areas. These weeks ensure Student Ambassadors and Representatives from every campus can contribute their feedback on their College experience. Students were given the opportunity in thlearne autumn, spring and summer terms to comment on key issues such as the organisation of their learning, their own progress, tutorial support and the careers guidance on offer to them.

The elections to determine the 2018-19 Student Executive team also prompted a great deal of student engagement as students voted to choose their President and Vice-Presidents for the next academic year. Detailed Information about the candidates and their manifestos was circulated by the BPCSU as students voted both in College and online. The BPCSU also promoted the initiative to appoint two Student Board members for 2018-19. All students who intended to continue their studies into the next academic year were eligible to apply to work with the Board and the College Principal to help shape the future of the College.

The College’s Students’ Union beat off stiff competition to win the Democracy Award for their highly successful Student Voice Conference, and for their Student Voice activities, along with the development of the Student First website.

NUS Awards 2018“All of this highlighted to the judges how we make students very much the centre of both The College and the Students’ Union,” said Lloyd Perry, Student Services Manager.

“A huge thanks go to the BPCSU student executive team and the BPCSU staffing team who have made such a positive impact on our students during their time with us.”

The BPCSU has been representing students at The College for over 40 years. As well as winning national awards it also secured a ‘good’ grading last year following an assessment by the National Union of Students.

“Being part of the Students’ Union has many benefits,” said Lloyd Perry. “Everyone is part of a community, it’s a platform for airing your points of view within The College, and it gives students access to clubs and societies, as well as trips and events.

The NUS Awards have been celebrating the work done by students’ unions for the last eight years and are an opportunity for Students’ Unions to gain national recognition for their efforts. The awards are judged by an experienced panel from across the education sector.

For any students joining us or returning in September make sure to Get Involved as we seek to further enhance the College experience!