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

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

Making your voice heard

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

💡  Students’ Association Class Reps Council (meets through Microsoft Teams a least once per block)

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

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

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

💡  The Student President represents your voice as a full member the Board of Management and within key college committees

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

💡  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, Estranged or a Veteran of the Armed Forces

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 Students’ Association Class Rep

➡  Become a non-elected Volunteer Students’ Association Officer for something 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

Non-elected Officer roles available right now:

➡  Activities and Events Officer(s)

➡  Armed Forces Veterans Officer(s)

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

➡  Care Leavers and Care Experienced Students Officer(s)

➡  Unpaid Carers and Young Carers Student Officer(s)

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

➡  Disabled Students and Enabling Services Officer(s)

➡  Estranged from Family Student 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.


Latest News and Announcements from your Students’ Association

Be Part of the Students’ Association – Nominations for Paisley & Greenock VP are OPEN , Tue, May 17th, 2022 - Do you want to be part of the Students’ Association? Then now’s your chance……. Nominations are now open for the Paisley and Greenock campus based part-time Vice Presidents. This is […]
Help the SA Set Up an LGBT Group , Wed, May 11th, 2022 - The Students’ Association and Wellbeing Service are looking to set up an LGBT group in the new term in August. They want to hear your ideas for the group and […]
Elections OPEN for Clydebank and Paisley Vic President – VOTE NOW! , Tue, May 3rd, 2022 - Elections are now open for Clydebank and Paisley Vice President. Nominees can be found here under SA Elections.  Click here to Vote! Voting closes on Friday 6 May at 4.00pm 
Elect Your Students’ Association Vice Presidents , Wed, April 20th, 2022 - Election Polls OPEN  Tuesday 3 May and will CLOSE at 4pm on Friday 6 May  Click here then select SA Elections to find out more about your candidates
Elections OPEN for Student President – VOTE NOW! , Mon, March 21st, 2022 - Elections are now open for Student President. Nominees can be found here under SA Elections.  Click here to Vote  Voting closes on Friday 25 March at 4.00pm 

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:

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 July.
  • 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.

SA Nominations

Nominations are OPEN for Greenock and Paisley Vice President and CLOSE  Friday 27 May at 4pm

Do you want to be part of the Students’ Association?

Then now’s your chance…….

Nominations are open for 3 campus part-time Vice Presidents.  This is an exciting paid opportunity!

How can I nominate?

Nomination forms can be completed online from link below.

Students may stand for election on completion of a nomination form signed by the candidate, at least 1 proposer and 5 seconders with valid matriculation numbers.

Nominations CLOSE at 4.00pm on FRIDAY 27 MAY– all nomination forms must be submitted online no later than 4.00pm!

Key Dates:

MONDAY 16 MAY                 NOMINATIONS OPEN

FRIDAY 27 MAY                        NOMINATIONS CLOSE

MONDAY 30 MAY                    ELECTION POLLS OPEN

FRIDAY 2 JUNE                      ELECTION POLLS CLOSE AT 4PM

TBC                                            ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

Click here to download the Students’ Association Election Guide

APPLY ONLINE

SA Elections

Elect your Students’ Association  

Vote for your Clydebank Vice President

Ryan Robertson
I want to be vice president for a second year to continue supporting all students and improve educational quality, mental health and the class rep system. I would be good for this position as I have experience in this role and in diverse groups of people. I want to continue working with the team to improve the SA standards in the college as a whole.

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Scott McInness
Over the past year I have been working as the current VP for Clydebank and would love to continue that and keep achieving what we are trying to here.

We would all agree that college is an important part of our lives, we have all made the decision to further our education to get the career we want. So, during the time we are here we all want to have the best possible West College Scotland possible, and that will not be possible without OUR feedback and OUR voice. I want to be that person that will help voice the opinions of the students at our college. Students are the heart of any college so to have the voices heard is the most important part. I want to enhance students Health and Wellbeing and have a big focus on our mental health. We have the foundations of that but its always something we can improve on. Sports and leisure is something near and dear to my heart and feel like we can improve on that part of our college massively, with more opportunities like sports clubs and classes for people to take part in, with more inclusivity in the sports area to as everyone deserves the right to play sport and have fun whilst doing it. More charity work and inclusivity will always be something our college can pride itself on if we do more and I want to be that person to help us take that and everything else forward!


Sndos Alhamdan
Being a student who help other students is a very interesting and satisfying role for me, and what make me sure that I can do that it’s because for me as a student I faced so many problems, from my childhood like being bullied in school to my early teenage years, then having to drop out of school for 6 years, after that returning to study in a new country, a new language, in a new education system, and finally like all having to go through online learning, and I am sure the online learning was a big challenge for every student, personally after facing all those challenges in my education journey I really feel like I can relate to all different students with any situation .

I think that one of the biggest problems students have now is facing difficulty in smooth and useful communication with others, especially after spending almost 2 years in online learning, and social media addiction.

My main vision is to create activities that is fun and helpful between ESOL students who are from foreign countries, and Scottish students who are from Scotland or from different cities in Britain, my main goal from this idea is to exchange real life face to face conversations between students in order to:

1. develop the English language for ESOL students 2. An opportunity to know different cultures and make new friends
3. An opportunity to exchange life stories and experiences for both sides
4. An opportunity for ESOL students to know information about the field they want to study from a student who are already studying this field, for example an ESOL student want to study accounting can know more about it from an accounting student.
5. It could be a helpful volunteer experience for British students.


Vote for your Paisley Vice President

Heather Thompson
If I am to be elected I will work closely with the rest of the student association to fight for any issues that are brought to the table. I’m also willing to be a go to person if you have any problems on the campus with or out with your classes I haven’t had this in my time at college. I hold this and fighting for LGBTQ+ issues very close to my heart as I am apart of the community. I would also like to introduce more green quiet spaces in the college as I am a beekeeper and the outdoors is very important to mental health.

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Election Polls OPEN  Tuesday 3 May and will CLOSE at 4pm on Friday 6 May

Click here to Vote!

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:

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.

Sparqs Recruitment

Sparks are recruiting for Associate Trainers (ATs)

Sparqs is inviting applications from students in Scottish colleges and universities to join their Associate Trainer (AT) team for the academic year 2021-22. ATs are students who are employed to train student representatives, such as class reps and course reps. These reps are instrumental in ensuring that the voice of students is heard within their institutions of study, on matters relating to the learning experience of students.

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a three-day training course on Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26  August 2021, to equip them with the necessary skills for the delivery of Course Rep Training (CRT). During 2020-21, all CRT was delivered online as a result of COVID-19 and, at the time of writing, it is envisaged that training will continue online during 2021-22. However, it is possible that some sessions may be delivered in-person if permitted under COVID regulations.

Closing date is Monday 17 May at 9am

Policies


VIRTUAL FRESHERS WEEK

This year our freshers’ event will be different to the one we know and enjoy!

Covid19 has meant that we aren’t all on campus and cannot hold our usual fun filled events. However, that does not mean you will not still get to enjoy some deals and hopefully some freebies …. Watch this space!

There are apps that allow students to receive discounts on loads of products, these apps are called – UNiDAYS and Student Beans, they’re free to download and all you need to do is login using your college email to confirm you are a student!!

Here are just some of the discounts on offer now:

Adidas – 30% OFF

BOOHOO – 25% OFF

DELL – 10% OFF

JD Sports – 10% OFF

The Body Shop – 20% OFF

Muscle Food – 10% OFF

Keep an eye out on this page and on social media for other things the SA will be running virtually for you!