Wednesday 3rd May 2017

I also asked Kevin Branchflower and Gwenllian Griffith to nominate me and I prepared my manifesto. Below is my completed nomination form and my manifesto along with the photo I decided to use.

Michelle Wright - HE Officer NomineeA mature student studying towards the BA (Hons) Fine Art at Llandrillo Coleg Menai who is currently a Student Representative and Blog Ambassador.

I am highly organised, proactive, committed and ALWAYS Happy to Help. With a Can Do attitude and a desire to give something back. Helping others achieve the best college experience they can possibly have is of great importance to me.

Becoming a voice for the learner community, I hope to encourage better learner involvement in Llandrillo events, actively promote opportunities available and facilitate better links between the learner community and the college.

Satisfied, tell me, Dissatisfied, whatever it is, if I can help, I will, if I can’t I will find someone who can.

Thursday 27th April 2017

When I received the invitation to become nominated for HE Officer, I knew right away that I wanted to apply.

I initially emailed Sarah Wynn for more information, email attached below.

The post is a Grŵp role so it can be from any of our campuses. The elected Higher Education Officer will also be elected as a Student Governor for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. This would involve attending meetings at other campuses. You would need to visit some of our other campuses too from time to time.  

The person appointed will represent the interests of students and will encourage learner involvement. We have an Enrichment Calendar with different themed weeks where the HE Officer and the three FE Student Union Presidents would need to be involved in. This would involve taking part and helping me organise events; particularly for the Grŵp’s charity of the year. Here’s a link to our facebook and have a look on edrac for examples of what we’ve been doing:

Nadine Roberts is the current HE Officer, you can speak to her for more information too:

This part-time paid post includes liaising and supporting HE course representatives, liaising with students and staff, attending external events where student representation is required, facilitating links with NUS Wales, working closely with the three Presidents and supporting students during their time in College.

The 10 hours a week is flexible.

I then emailed the current HE Officer, Nadine Roberts for her opinion of the role and how it has helped her develop professionally.

I have been the HE Officer since January. I can give you a summary of what i have done in this time.

During this time I have worked closely with the SU presidents from each campus along with learner services on a variety of initiatives to ensure learners within the grwp have not only a high level of education but their time here is enjoyable and successful.

I have used a variety of methods such as:

  • Holding a learner conference where class reps have given input on how the grwp can improve respect and well-being in the colleges. The conference directly influenced the decision to create a online direct link to learner services where learners can discuss a variety of matters regarding well-being.
  • Creating the ‘class reps in 6 steps’ guideline to simplify information regarding the role of class reps.
  • Raising money and awareness for our local Mind charity.
  • Holding surgeries for students who wish to speak to me.
  • Attending Learner panels and ensuring that the student voice is listened to by the college.
  • Attending meetings with a variety of departments within the college to ensure excellent standards (Quality Assurance, College Council, Canteen managers and the principal of the college to name a few)
  • Discussing with Estyn inspectors our role within the college.
  • Involving myself with events through out the college such as world book day, diversity week, well-being week and welsh language music week.
  • Attending open evenings to speak to potential learners and answering questions about my role and experience as a mature student.
  • Attending NUS conferences and voting on matters an agendas that effect HE students.
  • Being a governor of the grwp so a student representative has direct influence on decisions that effect students.

I am currently involved in developing the student charter for the next academic year, and discussing the potential to have a HE specific area for students to relax and take a break.

These are just some examples, but I know I have directly improved the learner experience for HE students including next years intake.

Personally I have found this role not only enjoyable, but it has given me so much confidence in myself and has directly influenced my academic ability.

I can not honestly say what the most positive impact has been as i value everything that I have achieved within the college and personally.


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