Wednesday 06-07-2016 - 20:32
Derwen College Students' Union have won the Further Education Students’ Union Award at this year’s NUS Awards with City and Islington College Students' Union named runner-up.
What the judges said:
“Derwen College Students’ Union have shown excellent examples of accessible democracy, including Student Council and the Union consulting with teaching departments. They have influenced healthcare provision in local community, through learners being involved in healthcare consultation process. The organisation also more recently gained a Grade 1 Ofsted report. Despite cuts across the sector, the organisation have focused on the needs of students at all times.”
Sarah Laszlo, Derwen College Students’ Union learner voice coordinator, said:
“It’s just incredible to win this award. To be pitched against four mainstream colleges, it’s fabulous to win. I think we’re the only specialist college who was shortlisted so it’s just enormous. Congratulations to everyone else who was shortlisted and I just feel incredibly lucky.”
Richard Brooks, NUS vice president for union development, said:
"I’m delighted to announce Derwen College Students’ Union has won the Further Education Award at the 2016 NUS Awards. The awards are about celebrating excellence across the activities of students' unions. Students' unions make a real difference to the lives of students and the communities around them. I hope the awards show how important their work is and inspire more students to get involved. The unions that have won awards have done fantastic work over the year and should be really proud of their efforts to enhance the student experience and make our society a better place.”
For more information about the NUS Awards, please visit www.nusawards.org.uk.