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NUS Awards 2015: Grwp Llandrillo Menai SU wins Campaigns Award

Thursday 09-07-2015 - 17:35

Welsh students’ union wins award for its travel campaign which ensured that 16-18 year old learners in Conwy and Denbighshire can travel to their institution for free.

Grwp Llandrillo Menai Students’ Union have received the Campaigns Award at this year’s NUS Awards in recognition of their successful free transport campaign.

In March 2014, Conwy County Borough Council set out to consult on their current transport policy which provided free transport to under 19s to their nearest Further Education provider if they live outside of three mile radius. The college was informed that the consultation was a result of significant cuts and transport was viewed as an area of potential significant cost savings.  

The options were to remove free transport, charge for transport or provide transport to the nearest provider. As Denbighshire County Borough Council mirror Conwy’s policy, there were serious concerns that any potential detrimental changes would impact on both counties.

The SU moved quickly to ensure that free transport continued by using Facebook, Twitter and emails to keep everyone informed, had an article placed in the local newspaper and produced a postcard which was distributed to all FE College learners. The SU was overwhelmed with the support they received from the whole community and at the consultation review meeting it was agreed that the LEA would continue to provide free transport – meaning 16-18 year old learners in both Conwy and Denbighshire are able to access education without the barrier of transport costs.

What the winners said:
'We are very happy with this award, we’re going to take it back to our students and we’ve worked very hard for it.' - Aimee Spencer, President at Gwrp Llandrillo-Menai Students’ Union

What the judges said about Grwp Llandrillo Menai Students’ Union:
‘The impact of this campaign is absolutely enormous, potentially translating in real terms the continued access to education for students who may otherwise no longer have attended.’

Four other students’ unions also featured in the shortlist of nominees for the Campaigns Award, with the University of York Students’ Union being named runner up for its NightSafe campaign.

The NUS Awards are an annual celebration of the enormous work which students’ unions, officers and staff do. For more information about the other NUS Award winners from the night, please visit www.nusconnect.org.uk.  

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