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What is Student Voice?

Your Voice, Your Union!

What is Student Voice?

What is Student Voice?

About Student Voice

Coleg Cambria’s Student Voice (CCSV) is a students’ association within the meaning of the Education Act 1994, acting as a voice for our members, with strong focus on educational interests and welfare. Coleg Cambria provides us with resources to help us meet our objectives.

Our Student Constitution details and sets out the eligible members of Coleg Cambria Student Voice, the roles each can play, the duties of Coleg Cambria Student Voice as an unincorporated association and a rough timeline of events which should take place throughout the academic calendar.

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Get Involved and Make a Difference

Student Voice is a fantastic opportunity to have your say and change what happens at the college.

Every class elects two Class Reps in September so if you’re interested put yourself forward by letting your tutor know. Elected Class Reps run regular meetings and attend Rep Review meetings to discuss cross College student issues.

Take YOUR opportunity to have YOUR say!

Student Voice Structure

The Student Voice structure typically progresses in the following order:

 

  1. Student Rep (for your Class or Tutor Group)
  2. Campus Council Rep
  3. Student Vice-President
  4. Student President

 

Students in the positions of Campus Council Reps and upwards can also put themselves forward for consideration to be interviewed for Student Governor.

 

So, what does it mean to be each of these members of the Student Voice for Coleg Cambria?

Class Reps

What does it mean to be a Class Rep?

The main role of a Class Rep is to gather the views of their classmates and to represent them at Student Voice meetings.

Each year students are elected from each class to become Class Reps, they receive training and support from the College to help them in their role. Training takes place in the first term and you need to register to attend via the Student Voice website.

Some Class Reps help out at Open Evenings and other events. They receive a Student Voice t-shirt and payment (£10 worth of shopping vouchers) for their help.

Class Reps are elected as Campus Council Reps, Student Vice President and/or Student President. Elections for the Student President take place just before the October half term break.

How do I gather the views of my classmates?

You and your other Class Rep from your class, will run a class meeting once a year with the rest of your classmates. This meeting is known as the Classroom Viewpoints meeting.

You will make sure topics discussed in the meeting are written down the notes are passed to your course tutor who discusses them at their course meetings.

Class Reps take issues raised which are not related to the course to the Class Rep Meetings held once and term.

You will get feedback from the Course tutor and the Big Class Rep meetings which you must share with your class group.

Is there any training for this?

We are in the process of moving the Student Rep Training processes online so that all Reps can access not only the mandatory training covering the basics:

  • How to gain feedback from your classmates;
  • How to feed answers back to your classmates;
  • How to deliver bad news (for when it’s not the answers they were hoping for);
  • Basic communication skills – speaking;
  • Basic communication skills – listening;
  • Basic communication skills – writing;
  • Basic Google Suite skills – Gmail; Calendar; Classroom;

as well as being able to access additional units aimed at the higher roles or just so that you can gain additional skills, such as:

  • How to arrange meetings;
  • How to chair meetings;
  • Note-taking techniques;
  • Minute-taking techniques;
  • Setting up clubs, groups or societies;
  • Setting up events;
  • Organising events;
  • Juggling commitments / Multitasking like a Magician;

And if that’s not enough for you, we will keep adding more content for you by request.

What are the benefits of being a Class Rep?

  • Enhance your CV and any job or course application form.
  • Helps you stand out from the crowd and shows leadership qualities.
  • Opportunities to be involved in Campaigns that affect you and make a positive impact.
  • You can be elected as Campus Rep.
  • You can be elected as Student Vice President
  • You can be elected as Student President for the whole of Coleg Cambria.

Role of a Class Rep?

  • Register your details on the Student Voice Website as soon as you are elected
  • Attend all Class Rep meetings (once every term) – check out when they are by looking at the Calendar on your emails.
  • Talk regularly with your classmates about course matters and college wider issues. Any Safeguarding issues should be taken to your tutor or Student Services — we do not expect you to deal with matters of a sensitive nature yourself.
  • Report back to your classmates what happens in any meetings you attend and pass on any other information you are asked to.
  • Consider putting yourself up for election as Campus Council Rep and/or Student Vice President and/or President. Check out the Job Descriptions.
  • Log into your college email account at least once a week to pick up your Class Rep Alert (email). Keep in regular touch with the Student Voice Website for any information you need to pass on to your classmates and the “Class Rep Page” for advice and support you may need throughout the year
  • Attend Class Rep training in the first term (you have to book yourself in for training via the registration form)
  • Be the point of contact for your classmates and staff.

For additional details for all roles, please refer to the Student Constitution.

To find out about your next step and becoming a Campus Council Rep, go to Page 2, or click here.