Students' Association Update may 2019

Hey everyone! 👋

Welcome to the May Edition of the Students' Association Update!

Can you believe it's May already? 😯 It's been a quick year, but we still have lots more coming up including the Executive Elections voting period which begins on Tuesday 14th May at 9am!

In this edition, we'll look at some of the fantastic awards we've won, what's happened in the past month and what's coming up. To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, our Student Spotlight will focus on Olivia, a deaf student who is currently studying HNC Coaching and Developing Sport.


In the March edition of the Students' Association Update, we mentioned that we were up for two SPARQS awards - the first being our approach to Student Partnership Agreements through My Voice, and the second award for Engaging Diversely through the 'City Goes Green' initiative. We're absolutely delighted to announce that we won both awards! 🏆

This comes after we scooped the NUS Scotland Diversity Award so it's been a great couple of months for the SA!

Milea Leone, our Student President gave a few words on our recent award wins:

“Winning these awards is a fantastic achievement and I am so pleased for our team whose hard work and tireless enthusiasm helps to ensure the best possible experience for our students.

"Our Student Partnership Agreement is a huge thing for the college because it shows a firm commitment from both staff and students to work together to create tangible change, improve quality and make a difference.”


We'll be hosting our annual Summit Awards on Thursday 6th June in the SA Space at City. This gives us a chance to reflect on the year, recognise inspirational students and welcome the new Student Presidential Team to the Students' Association.

Award nominations are now open to vote for students who you think deserve an award at the event. If you believe that you deserve an award for your efforts, you can even nominate yourself!

To nominate someone, simply click here and tell us why you're nominating this particular person. The deadline for nominations is Thursday 16th May at 4pm.

Today is the last day to nominate yourself to be part of CitySA's next Executive Committee. There are six positions available:

• Education Officer

• Charities and Fundraising Officer

• Wellbeing Officer

• Sports and Fitness Officer

• Equalities Officer

• Riverside Campus Officer

Being part of the Executive Committee is your opportunity to improve the student experience at City of Glasgow College by representing the views of your fellow students and influencing change. As a member of the Executive Committee you'll undergo a skills training programme tailored to what you are interested in learning and gain valuable volunteering experience that will impress future employers. You can find out how to apply by visiting our website


On Wednesday 22nd May, we'll be hosting 'Save our Seas', an event to raise awareness of environmental issues at sea. This will take place at our Riverside Students' Association.

There will be information stalls, activities to get involved in, and of course there will be plenty of prizes to be won!


The deadline for the Embracing Diversity Competition has been extended! Entry forms are due in by Thursday 16th May, with entries ready for transportation on Thursday 23rd May.

The aim is to find the most effective expression and communication of this theme according to the following criteria:

• Clarity and accessibility of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion message

• Level of effort shown

• Originality of concept

• Quality of work

• Impact on viewer/audience

• Scope for awareness raising and promotional work

Each student can submit up to two entries: one individual and one group entry and each entry must be an original piece of work. The piece of work does not need to relate to your course.

If you'd like to find out more about this competition, click here


In this edition of the Student Spotlight, we spoke to Olivia Preston, a HNC Coaching and Developing Sport student who shared her inspiring story about being a deaf student at City of Glasgow College.

Hi, I’m Olivia and here is my story!

I left school at 16 due to struggles with my mental health. The one thing I found helped me through this time was my love of sport.

In November 2016, I was selected to be part of 'The Rickshaw Challenge' by The One Show. The Rickshaw Challenge is formed of a team of 6 riders with the aim of cycling across Britain’s East Coast from Jedburgh to London, covering 470 miles in aid of Children in Need. The team was made up of people from both the hearing and deaf community. As a team, we raised £3.8 million in just 8 days.

I was then selected for Great British Deaf Women Football Club and went to Deaflympics in Turkey for the 23rd Summer Deaflympics. This competition is for top level deaf athletes, so I was truly honoured to be part of this team and represent Scotland.

In 2018, I was selected from 156 applicants to be part of the Young People’s Sport Panel led by Sport Scotland and supported by Young Scot. YPSP provides a national platform to represent a voice for young people from across from Scotland to influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland.

I applied for City of Glasgow College as I was keen to gain a deeper knowledge of sport, and learn the fundamentals of sports coaching, a career I want to pursue in the future. As a deaf student, there is lots of support available at the college. The staff are kind and friendly, and have shown me support throughout my time here.

Throughout my life I’ve felt that people have made assumptions about me due to me being deaf, however, I’ve challenged these stereotypes and I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected to for the Jock Young Award due to being an inspiring role model for Deaf Sport in Scotland.

I’m grateful for the opportunities my sporting career has provided. It has given me the confidence and determination and has made me the person I am today.

Deaf Awareness Week runs from the 6th - 12th May this year. Here at City of Glasgow College, we have a BSL (Brittish Sign Language) learning society that takes place every Thursday from 4pm-5pm at City Campus, Floor 3, Room 101. This society is completely free to join so pop along if you'd like to learn the basics of BSL.

You can get in touch with us by email, phone or pop into your nearest Students' Association Space

milea.leone@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk | 0141 375 5624 alex.robertson@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk | 0141 375 5322 rachael.gilchrist@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk | 0141 375 5322 jennifer.gordon@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk | 0141 375 5322

If you have an article that you'd like to feature in the Students' Association Update, please email madeline.jean@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

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