Learners have a strong voice at National Star, influencing key decisions throughout college.
The Student Union meets weekly, acting as a channel of communication between learners, National Star and other bodies, such as Inclusion Gloucestershire and the BBC.
In particular, Student Union executive members take on a range of specific roles from Health and Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Safeguarding Officer to Event Officers who encourage, promote and plan student activities and social events across the year including the Freshers’ Fayre, Learner Voice event and various balls and parties.
As well as the Student Union there are a number of student-led committees that consider other important things such as sustainability and environmental issues, food and drink offered at college and issues relating to student accommodation and residences.
Each year National Star students vote for who they would like to represent them on these committees and within the Student Union. Student representatives meet once a term and work with college managers to discuss issues or changes that may have happened. Student representatives are needed to represent the wider student group in four important areas:
- Course representative
- Residential representative
- Green representative
- Food and drink representative
‘Being part of the SU has changed my life. Being lead safeguarding rep in college has made me realise that it’s important to talk about your feelings.’
‘The SU has opened up opportunities for me, like getting the chance to appear on the Victoria Derbyshire show on the BBC. I have also enjoyed coming up with different ideas for how college needs improving and watching them happen. I was a shy person but the SU has helped me to express my opinion more freely.’