Your voice counts

Everyone who uses the college has a say in how it’s run. This includes YOU. We’ll make sure you:

  • know where to get hold of information
  • have the chance to give your views
  • are listened to
  • find out what we do as a result

Will you really listen to me?

Yes. We believe you can shape the future of the college and your own learning experience. Getting your voice heard will help you do well and help the college do well.

How can I get involved?

You can get your voice heard in lots of different ways. These include:

  • surveys
  • focus groups
  • student council
  • student magazines

How will I get information about the college?

We’ll put information on the student intranet, college website, posters and leaflets.

The student council is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). The NUS is an association of around 600 student unions, representing the interests of more than seven million students nationwide. You automatically become a member of the NUS once you’ve enrolled on a course at the college.

Policy Zones

The work of the NUS is split into five ‘policy zones’ which cover five broad issues affecting students:

  • Further Education
  • Higher Education
  • Society and Citizenship
  • Union Development
  • Welfare

Liberation Campaigns

The NUS have four liberation campaigns that represent students who are disadvantaged by society because of their gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, race or because society does not respond to their particular ability needs:

  • Black Students' Campaign
  • Disabled Students' Campaign
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Students' Campaign
  • Women’s Campaign

Other Sections:

  • International Students' Campaign
  • Mature and Part-Time Students' Campaign
  • Postgraduate Students' Campaign

Membership entitles you to attend conferences based on the above campaigns. You’ll also be able to participate in local and national events around studying and student life. You’ll also be able to buy an NUS Extra card. The NUS Extra card costs £12 and gives discounts for more than 120 high street and online retailers.

For more information about NUS campaigns, events or to buy the Extra card visit nus.org.uk

What’s student council?

The student council is a group of elected students who represent each subject area in the college.

How can student council help me?

The student council is a formal way for you to have your say in how we run the college.

How can I get involved?

We hold elections for student council reps every year. You can stand for election if you want to. We’ll put information about elections on the student intranet and student council noticeboards.

How much time does being a rep take up?

We’ll want you to come to at least one student council meeting each half term. You may also need to spend time planning activities, events etc.

Is there a lot of responsibility?

Yes, but we hope you’ll find it very rewarding. As a student rep you’ll need to make sure the interests of all students are well represented.

Sorry to ask, but…what’s in it for me?!

Student council will make your experience at the college more interesting and enjoyable.

By being part of the student council you’ll:

  • make a positive contribution to the college and other students
  • develop your skills and confidence
  • get your voice heard
  • do more than just your course
  • meet new people
  • arrange activities and events
  • add something extra to your CV

And much more!

For more information please contact Sharlene Wharton (Student Council Coordinator) on 0161 920 3206 or swharton@themanchestercollege.ac.uk