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Students' Association Update March 2019

Hey everyone! 👋

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

March has been a very exciting month for the Students' Association. We've elected our new Presidential Team for 2019/20, launched our brand new website and hosted a number of HBHM events celebrating No Smoking Week and World Sleep Day.

We're also delighted to announce that on the 21st March, we won the 'Diversity' Award at the NUS Scotland Awards! 🎉

This award was for the 'All-Together-Different' arts project which encouraged all students to embrace different cultures, life experiences and identities.

We're also attending the Sparqs conference this week where we're up for an award for our approach to Student Partnership Agreements through My Voice, our online suggestions platform. Wish us luck! 🤞

In this year's Big Student Elections, we had a record amount of students put themselves forward to become part of the CitySA Presidential Team for 2019/20. A record breaking 25 candidates campaigned across both campuses asking you to vote for them to be your representatives for 2019/20.

We had 2197 votes in total, our second highest ever voting turnout in the elections! Your new Presidential Team for 2019/20 are:

Student President - Dylan Duff

Vice President Learning and Teaching - Callum Cross

Vice President Diversity & Wellbeing - Eva Curran

Vice President Social & Activities - Robyn Lambert

Well done to all of the candidates who took part in the Elections and good luck to our future Presidential Team. We're very excited to welcome you to the Students' Association.

MY VOICE

This year we've received lots of fantastic ideas on My Voice. We're currently working through your ideas and we'll keep you updated on any changes throughout the college based on your suggestions.

Our topic for block 3 is How can the College improve the way academic guidance works for students? If you have any suggestions or if you'd like to rate one of the current ideas, we'd love to hear from you. Simply log on to My City, and click the tab for My Voice.

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

It’s been an exciting fortnight for our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Award. The 12th of March kicked off our run of wellbeing events with No Smoking Day at Riverside Campus, followed by the same event at City the following day. These events saw the return of the popular 'swap a cigarette for a cupcake & hot chocolate' scheme, with over 250 students sacrificing their cigarettes. Hundreds of students also completed our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind survey which will continue to help us shape our work to suit the needs of our students.

On Thursday 14th March we celebrated World Sleep Day with an event at both City and Riverside. This was an event organised in response to the feedback you’d given us in the survey. Many students felt that a lack of sleep was having a negative impact on their Mental Health so we were on hand to offer advice and guidance along with some freebies, of course! Students were keen to get their hands on some CitySA branded sleep masks and many of you took part in our quizzes and online polls. Congratulations to our lucky winners who walked away with Lumie Alarm clocks and pillow speakers!

The final wellbeing event of the year 'Chill and Achieve' was also a huge success. The thera-pets were back for another session of hug-a-dug and various Mental Health charities were in the College promoting their services and offering guidance & support.

EMBRACING DIVERSITY

The College are running an ‘Embracing Diversity’ competition with a prize of £400! 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

CITY GOES GREEN - DYNAMIC LEARNING

The Student Engagement team would like to say a massive THANKS to all students and staff for their hard work and commitment over the past few months in helping us collect over 1700 Strathmore water bottles.

We took a proactive topic and used it to create an exciting recycling dynamic learning initiative that involved cross faculty collaboration. We recycled all of the bottles which were collected and used them to build our City Greenhouse.

The City Goes Green initiative was an amazing opportunity that helped to raise awareness of single use plastic and the impact that it is having on our environment.

We would like to congratulate our students from the Creative Industries and Education and Humanities faculties, who contributed in designing and building the Greenhouse, which will become an actual learning environment that will be used by our students from our Social and Personal Development courses.

The Greenhouse will officially open on Tuesday 26th March at 11am. Please feel free to drop by and have a look!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

In the edition, we spoke to our Student President Elect, Dylan Duff who told us about his journey at the college.

Hi, I’m Dylan Duff and I’m currently part of the Student Exec team within the Students’ Association. However, my role within the team will soon be changing as I’ve been elected Student President for 2019/20! But here’s a bit about me…

When I was in high school, I got the opportunity to partake in a 1 day release programme where I went to college and studied N4 Early Education and Childcare. Through doing this course, I realised that whilst I enjoyed subjects such as History and Chemistry, I was most passionate when I was learning about Social Care. That’s why I made the decision to leave school and apply to City of Glasgow College.

I chose the college as I really liked the atmosphere, and it was offering a course in NC Child, Health and Social Care. This allowed me to learn and gain a deeper insight into the field I’d like to work in in the future.

I joined the college in 2016 and I was keen to find out more about the Students’ Association. I decided to become a Class Rep as I wanted to effectively represent the students in my class. Through this, I was elected as a Faculty Rep where I got the opportunity to work more closely with the Students’ Association to improve the student experience. I’ve met so many inspiring students and staff who work or volunteer for the Students' Association and I love being part of a team who influence change at City.

I enjoy working with people and my courses have really helped me to effectively work with students and staff within the college. I’m studying HNC Social Services at the moment, but I’ll be taking a year out before I go to University to take up position as the Student President. I’m very excited and honoured to be working with the SA next year where I’m sure we’ll have another amazing year of campaigning, supporting and representing students.

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

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