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The learner voice

Two female and one male Student Union members smiling from the 2019 Learner Voice event

Coronavirus resulted in some unexpected opportunities for the voices of learners to be heard in a positive and effective way at National Star.

Even though many students chose to self-isolate at home with their families during lockdown, they were still able to take part in Student Union meetings when they were held each week on Microsoft Teams.

Students joined the meetings from Manchester, Northern Ireland, the West Midlands and from National Star residences to share their views on distance learning plans. They also helped with preparations for National Star’s first-ever ‘virtual’ leavers’ ceremonies and were consulted on how voting for the all-important Student Union elections could be conducted online.

‘Doing SU meetings on Teams has been exciting,’ said Deputy Student Union President Katie.

‘I’ve learned new skills – even skills I didn’t know I had.’

National Star’s Advisory Board, which includes three current and two former students, was also quickly moved to an online meeting space.

Andrew Evans, Learning Programmes Coordinator at National Star, said: ‘Students at National Star have continued to impress me with the way they have adapted to new ways of working during the COVID-19 crisis.

‘In many ways holding the Advisory Board meetings online meant they were even more effective as more people could take part and it was a brilliant way of keeping in touch.’

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