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NUS Wales President Becky Ricketts

Hi, I’m Becky and I’m NUS Wales President.

I believe that education is inherently positive. It gives us the opportunity to never stop learning, and I want to aid in that education becoming as accessible and open as possible, to allow anyone to succeed no matter how, where or when they study. NUS Wales has done some incredible work in recent years on a range of issues from Brexit to period poverty to housing, and I hope to continue this work over the next two years. I want to also focus on our FE colleges and support in the creation of fully funded and politically autonomous FE SUs, to ensure that college students also get the same representation as HE students. Our students’ unions are the backbone of so many students’ university experiences, and their importance should never be understated!

 

What’s your name?
Becky Ricketts

What’s your position?
NUS Wales President 

Where are you from?
My childhood home is Gloucestershire, but I lived in Carmarthen for university and now I’m in Cardiff.

What’s your education background?
I'm a graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen, west Wales, with a BA in Outdoor Adventure Education. Prior to that I was an apprentice studying Business and Administration.

Why is education important to you?
Education is inherently positive. It challenges ideals, brings new perspectives on centuries-old theories and helps us and the world advance. As humans we never stop learning, and I want to continue the work of NUS to allow education to be as accessible as possible, to give the students of now and the future the opportunity to flourish.

What’s your single biggest goal as president?

NUS Wales has done some fantastic work over the years in women’s issues, mental health, housing and more, and this is work that I aim to continue. I’d also like to further the conversation around disparity between FE and HE, and the creation and support of politically autonomous and fully funded further education students’ unions, to allow college students the ability to be represented in the same way as HE students.

Why do you love students’ unions?

Students’ unions are the backbone of so many students’ university experiences. Whether that be running a football club, campaigning for change within their institution or recognising the work of our academic staff through awards, SUs are places of positivity and change. They do so much with so little, and it isn’t easy but they do it every day to benefit their students, which is incredible.

What’s your big aim in life?
My biggest aim in life is to inspire others to make a positive difference to those around them – in government, at work or university, or even with their friends and family members. Each one of us has the ability to make a difference to the world that we live in and make it a better place for those after them than it was before them.