Coleg Cambria apprentice engineer, Alex Rollason, was elected Deputy President of the NUS in Wales for 18/19 at their annual conference held in Cardiff recently.

Student Voice leaders from Coleg Cambria travelled to Cardiff to attend the 2018 NUS Wales Annual Conference. One student leader from each campus attended in order to support and participate in the elections that took place.

Alex was Coleg Cambria’s key participant at the event as he has been working with the National Society of Apprenticeships for the past 3 years, and this week won the election as NUS Wales Deputy President.

An apprentice engineer at a pharmaceutical company Wockhardt UK, Alex is the first apprentice to be a sabbatical officer position anywhere in NUS.

In his manifesto, Alex pledged to:

  • defend and extend the rights of students as workers;
  • build strong and active students’ unions in Welsh colleges;
  • run a national campaign for free travel for all students;
  • represent Wales and our students.

Speaking after his election, NUS Wales Deputy President-elect Alex Rollason said:

“It is a massive privilege to be the first apprentice ever elected as a full-time officer in NUS. As NUS Wales Deputy President, I intend to use my experience as an apprentice and a parent to campaign for positive changes for underprivileged students across our country.

“Society is going through huge change, and students are finding themselves bearing the brunt of the gig economy. I’m going to use my time as NUS Wales Deputy President to defend students’ rights and support students in speaking up for themselves.”


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