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Welcome to your Students’ Association

Membership of your Students’ Association is automatic when you enrol on a course at West College Scotland.

Be an active member and make full use of your Students’ Association – your voice, your college!

 

Making your voice heard

💡  Class Representatives (over 500 student voices representing almost 30,000 students)

💡  Faculty Representatives (9 student reps)

💡  Student Reps Council (meets a least once per block on each of the main campuses)

💡  Focus Groups and Committees (covering every aspect of student life)

💡  One-to-One advice, support and representation (here when you need us)

💡  Representing your voice to the Board of Management and within key college committees

💡  Representing your voice with NUS, NUS Scotland, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government

💡  Helping you to make a formal complaint if you need to

💡  Compiling and publishing each session, the “We (the students) said …, You (our college) did …

 

Clubs, Forums and Societies

Clubs, Forums and Societies are run by students for students. They’re a great way of bringing together students with similar interests and experiences.

💡  Sports, Fitness, Health and Well-being

💡  Activities, Social Events, Fund raising and Volunteering

💡  LGBT+

💡  Mature Students

💡  Parents

💡  Young Carers, Carers, Care Leavers and Care Experienced

 

Clubs, Forums and Societies have a huge impact on your college experience and on how the college develops.

 

Do you have an idea for a society, club or forum? Tell us … telephone, text or WhatsApp on 07710 715 538 or drop by one of the campus offices, or email sa@wcs.ac.uk, or Facebook, or Twitter – Students’ Association Officers can help get your idea off the ground with advice, marketing and possible funding support.

 

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to get actively involved in the work and life of your Students’ Association and your college:

➡  Become a class rep

➡  Become a Non-elected Volunteer Students’ Association Officer for something that you’re passionate about

➡  Talk to us about creating a club, forum or society

➡  Run for Student President or Campus Vice-President – elections happen around March each year

 

 💡 Click here to find out how you can get involved

 

Here are just a few of the Non-elected Officer roles available right now:

➡  Activities and Events Officer(s)

➡  Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer(s)

➡  Care Leavers and Care Experienced Students Officer(s)

➡  Carers and Young Carers Student Officer(s)

➡  College policies, steering groups and committees Officer(s)

➡  Disabled Students and Enabling Services Officer(s)

➡  Fund raising and good causes Officer(s)

➡  Communication and Social Media Officer(s)

➡  Health and Wellbeing + Sports and Fitness Officer(s)

➡  International Student Officer(s)

➡  LGBT+ Student Officer(s)

➡  Mature Student Officer(s)

➡  Politics Officer(s)

➡  Student Parent Officer(s)

➡  Student Apprentices Officer(s)

➡  Quality Assurance and Enhancement Officer(s)

➡  Womens Officer(s)

➡  Youth Officer(s)

 

If you are interested in becoming an Officer, get in touch by telephone, text or WhatsApp on 07710 715 538 or drop by one of the campus offices, or email sa@wcs.ac.uk, or Facebook, or Twitter

 

Remember – this is your Students’ Association; run by West College Scotland students for West College Scotland students. Your Students’ Association is only as strong and as active as you make it – do make a difference, do get involved.


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Contact your Students’ Association

For more information on the Students’ Association, or to find out how to get involved, or if you need advice, contact us:

07710 715 538

sa@wcs.ac.uk


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westCollegeScotlandStudents/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/wcsStudent/

WhatsApp: 07710 715 538

Instagram: Available from session 2017/18

Snapchat: Available from session 2017/18


SESSION 2017/18

Matthew Alexander Marsden – Student President

07710 715 538

Matthew.Marsden@wcs.ac.uk

Clydebank :: James Morrison – Vice President Elect

07710 715 541

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Greenock :: Nicole Percival – Vice President Elect

07590 230 386

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Paisley :: Marek Goreki – Vice President Elect

07590 230 402

sa@wcs.ac.uk

About

About the Students’ Association

Your Students’ Association is run by students for students. Its primary objective is to represent you and to make the student voice heard. It does this through:

💡  The Student President who is annually elected by the student body of West College Scotland;

💡  Campus Vice Presidents who are annually elected by the student body of West College Scotland;

💡  Officers with an interest in a particular area;

💡  Almost 500 sparqs trained Class Reps, attending curriculum and campus meetings.

Your Students’ Association is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) and participates in NUS elections and activities.

Membership of the Students’ Association and NUS is free and automatic for full-time and most part-time students.


Executive Committee

Elected Officers

  • Student President is elected annually by the student body. It is common to find that the Student President takes a sabbatical year, allowing them to commit 100% to their role (35hrs per week). The Student President begins their role on the first working day in August.
  • Campus Vice Presidents are elected annually by the student body. It is common to find that a Campus Vice President combines study with their role. Typically, working in the role of Campus Vice President  16 hours per week during term time. Campus Vice Presidents take up their role on first day of the new academic year.

Non-elected Officers

The Executive Committee is also formed by students who take on Non-elected Officer roles.

These Officers lead on representing students within specific groups, or may lead in a club, forum or society.

Non-elected Officers do not commit to a set number of hours each week. Any student can become a Non-elected Officer – a list of roles is shown on the Students’ Association front page.


Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of your Students’ Association are:

💡  to represent the interests of its members and act as a channel of communication in dealing with the college and other bodies;

💡  to promote, encourage and co-ordinate student clubs, societies, sports and social activities;

💡  to provide a mechanism for liaison with other Student Associations or Unions;

💡  to advance the education and social development of its members and students of the college as a whole


 Constitution

 💡  WCS – SA Constitution (March 2015)


Student Partnership Agreement

💡  Due to be published soon

Get Involved

Get Involved – your Students’ Association needs you!!

Run by West College Scotland students for West College Scotland students.

Your Students’ Association needs you to get involved and to become an active member. Below are just a few of the opportunities:

Events and how to become part of the Events Committee

Events and activities are a big part of an active and successful Students’ Association. To make it work, the Students’ Association needs students with ideas and a desire to plan great events that are fun and inclusive.

Events include, but not limited to:

💡  Freshers;

💡  Regular social events and activities;

💡  Fund raising and volunteering;

💡  Celebrating success

If you would like to become part of the Events Committee for your campus, just let us know. Remember, the Students’ Association could be kind of dull this year without someone like you onboard!!

Clubs, Societies and Forums

If you would like a club, society or forum to exist at West College Scotland, the chances are that someone else will too. Each year, the Students’ Association helps students to establish clubs and societies. If you have an idea, let us know. We may be able to help with getting it off the group through funding, marketing and promotion, accommodation, events and more.

Below are just a few of the Clubs, Societies and Forums that either existed last year or were suggested:

💡  Sports and Fitness;

💡  Health and Wellbeing;

💡  LGBT;

💡  Looked After and Care Leavers;

💡  Carers and Young Carers;

💡  Apprentices;

💡  International;

💡  Mature Students;

💡  Distance Learning;

💡  Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship;

💡  Sci-fi, Gaming and Technology;

💡  Music and Drama;

💡  Anime and Manga;

💡  Forensic Science;

💡  Book Club

Clubs, Societies and Forums are run by students for students. All suggestions are considered by the Executive Committee. We will support as many viable clubs, societies and forums as we can each year.

Class Representatives and sparqs

Every class or group of students should have at least one student in the class who is your Class Representative.

In partnership with sparqs (Scottish Partnerships in Quality Scotland), the Students’ Association and Student Experience Assistants will train Class Representatives on how to feel confident about:

💡  asking the class or group for their views on their college experience and record the feedback;

💡  becoming an active member of the ‘course team’ and sharing the views of the class or group with tutors;

💡  participating in Student Rep Council (SRC) meetings with other Class Representatives from your campus – these meetings are hosted by the Students’ Association, usually once per block during lunch time (a free buffet lunch is provided).

Advice and support when you need it

From time to time we all find ourselves in a situation that we’re not too sure about or maybe even unhappy about.

Your Students’ Association is a useful port of call to seek advice and support when needed. Your Students’ Association Officers will either assist directly or assist with putting you in touch the person who can help.

Some of the things we’re used to helping students with include:

💡  Worries or concerns;

💡  Disputes and conflicts;

💡  Advice and support;

💡  Taking forward ideas for enhancement;

💡  Wellbeing and sexual health (we work closely with our NHS partners to provide support with stopping smoking, free and discreet access to condoms and lube from any of our offices, access to wellbeing advice and support services)

Get in touch and find out more

Browse through the tabs to find out how to get involved and how to get in touch.

Contact

Contact the Students’ Association

For more information on the Students’ Association, or to find out how to get involved, or if you need advice, contact us:

07710 715 538

sa@wcs.ac.uk


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westCollegeScotlandStudents/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/wcsStudent/

WhatsApp: 07710 715 538

Instagram: Available from session 2017/18

Snapchat: Available from session 2017/18


SESSION 2016/17

Andrew Hunter – Student President

07710 715 538

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Clydebank :: Moses Apiliga – Vice President

07710 715 541

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Greenock :: Osama Nadeem – Vice President

07590 230 386

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Paisley :: Andrew Murtagh – Vice President

07590 230 402

sa@wcs.ac.uk

SESSION 2017/18

Matthew-Alexander Marsden – Student President Elect

07710 715 538

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Clydebank :: James Morrison – Vice President Elect

07710 715 541

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Greenock :: Nicole Percival- Vice President Elect

07590 230 386

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Paisley :: Marek Goreki – Vice President Elect

07590 230 402

sa@wcs.ac.uk

Who?

Executive Committee Officers

SESSION 2016-17

Student President

Andrew Hunter


Andrew Hunter, Student President

Hi, my name is Andrew and this is my second year as your Student President. Elected Officers are allowed a maximum of two terms in Office, so this year will also be my final year.

Before being elected, I studied NC and HNC Social Sciences at the Greenock Waterfront campus. I am 52 years old and the big love of my life is the ‘Mighty Greenock Morton’ (… but don’t hold that against me!!).

As your Student President, my aim is to help you to have the best experience you can at West College Scotland and to encourage you to be an active member of your Students’ Association and to play an active role in the work and life of your college.

Vice Presidents

Clydebank – Moses Apiliga

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Hi there, My name is Moses Apiliga, having completed an HND in business there last year, I am now the Vice President for the Clydebank Campus, responsible for ensuring that all students have an outstanding Student Learning Experience, and having also been part of the Student Experience Team last year, I know just how important that is. I’m here to represent you, the students, making sure your views are heard and expressed throughout the College. I am usually in the Clydebank SA office every Thursday and Friday, so drop by and say hi.

Greenock – Osama Nadeem

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Hi, I’m Osama Nadeem and I’m vice President for the Greenock campuses. I am currently studying level 5 Social Science at the waterfront campus. I want to help you get the most out of your time in college and to not feel left out. I will work hard and to the best of my ability to represent you in the Students’ Association. I am based at Finnart Street every Thursday and Friday but will make time to  attend the Waterfront Campus also.

Paisley – Andrew Murtagh

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Hello, my name is Andrew.D.Murtagh and having enjoyed representing the students at Paisley as Vice President last year, I am back to do it again.  I am currently studying Graphic Design with animation in the Paisley campuses which is a blast but it also means I am only in the SA office Monday and Tuesday. I am here to help when needed and to work for the benefit of all students to ensure they have a journey and experience at College, that is the best it can be.


SESSION 2017-18

Your newly elected Student President and campus Vice-Presidents take up their posts in August 2017. They’ll be adding their bio and photograph soon.

Student President

Matthew-Alexander Marsden


Female Sillhouette… coming soon!

Vice Presidents

Clydebank – James Morrison

Female Sillhouette

… coming soon!

Greenock – Nicole Percival

Female Sillhouette

… coming soon!

Paisley – Marek Goreki

Female Sillhouette

… coming soon!

What?

What does the Students’ Association do?

The Students’ Association exists to represent, support and involve you, and to make your voice heard. Find out to get involved.

The Students’ Association is also here when advice and support is needed too. If a situation arises that you are unclear about, please contact the Students’ Association.

Executive Committee

The Students’ Association could not function without an Executive Committee – formed of current and recent students of the college.

A number of the Executive Committee Officer roles are elected by the student body on an annual basis. An elected Officer can serve for a maximum of two terms (consecutive or non-consecutive) and will be entitled to an honorarium. Annually elected Executive Committee posts are:

💡  Student President (35hrs per week)

💡  Vice President – Clydebank (16hrs per week)

💡  Vice President – Greenock (16hrs per week)

💡  Vice President – Paisley (16hrs per week)

You can find our more about the Executive Committee Officers in the ‘Who’ section.

Making your voice heard

Students are actively encouraged to use all of the avenues open to them – such as class reps, curriculum meetings, campus meetings, student surveys, Student Officer Forums and Engagement Officers, as a way of ensuring their voice is heard.

We look to support students in participating in sporting events, the setting up of clubs and societies and in attending NUS Scotland events and campaigns. We want your student experience to be the very best it can be, so help us to help you.

Where?

Campus Student Association Offices


Clydebank Campus Office

Student Association Office - Clydebank
Clydebank campus – the Students’ Association office is located inside the Taste Refectory, on your left hand side as you enter.


Greenock Campus Office

Student Association Office - Greenock
Greenock’s Finnart Street campus – the Students’ Association office is located directly behind the main reception desk.


Paisley Campus Office

Student Association Office - Paisley
Paisley campus – the Students’ Association office and the student common room can be found opposite the Taste Refectory on the ground floor of the Renfrew Building.


Waterfront Campus Office

Greenock’s Waterfront campus – the Students’ Association common room can be found at the rear of Taste Refectory on the ground floor.

Class Reps

sparqs class reps

Class Representatives, sparqs and the Student Reps Council

Class Reps provide more than 500 active student voices representing almost 30,000 students.

Every class or group of students should have at least one student in the class who is the nominated Class Representative. Please let us know if your class or group does not have a class rep, or if you feel the student voice is not being represented within your class or group.

Class Rep Training

In partnership with sparqs (Scottish Partnerships in Quality Scotland), the Students’ Association and Student Experience Assistants will offer to train Class Representatives on how to feel confident about:

💡  asking your class or group for their views on their college experience, and how to record their feedback;

💡  being part of the ‘course team’ and sharing the views of the class or group with your tutors;

💡  participating in Student Reps Council (SRC) meetings with other Class Representatives from your campus

Student Reps Council (SRC) Meetings

Chaired by the Student President, Student Reps Council (SRC) meetings take place in Clydebank, Greenock, Paisley and Waterfront campuses at least twice per year. It’s an opportunity for all of the Class Reps on each campus to come together, share their experiences and agree the priorities ahead.

SRC meetings also ensure the student experience continuously improves and that the student voice is heard and is truly shaping the work and life of the college to benefit its students. It’s also a great opportunity to meet each other, to network and to learn from and support each other.

SRC meetings usually take place at lunchtime, either 11.30am – 1pm or 12noon to 1pm. A light buffet is provided. Timings are based on the preference of Class Reps. Most prefer a lunchtime meeting than a late-afternoon meeting.

Dates for your diary

Session 2017-18
Details to follow for Class Rep training dates and SRC meeting dates …

Discounts

 UNiDAYS

Use your college email address (e.g. 50001234@live.wcs.ac.uk) to get access to discounts through the UNiDAYS website or app for Apple or Android devices.

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Your college email account can be accessed from here:

💡  Website: https://outlook.office365.com

💡  Username: studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk

💡  Password: (same password as you use to log in to a college computer)


NUS_EXTRA_REV_CMYK

You can use your OpenAthens account to purchase an NUS Extra card from here. OpenAthens accounts are available from your campus library.


studentBeans

Use your college email address (e.g. 50001234@live.wcs.ac.uk) to get access to discounts through the StudentBeans website. Your college email account can be accessed from here:

💡  Website: https://outlook.office365.com

💡  Username: studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk

💡  Password: (same password as you use to log in to a college computer)

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