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Grŵp Llandrillo Menai wins NUS Wales Learner Voice award


March 28, 2024 - 269 views

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai won the Learner Voice award at the NUS Wales annual conference.
 
The award celebrates the Grŵp’s commitment to encourage and include learners’ voice, through hosting its annual Learner Conference and developing support plans in collaboration with students.
 
The Grŵp’s Student Union presidents Kyra Wilkinson, Claire Bailey, Jason Scott, Alaw Jones and Cara Haf Parry were presented with the accolade at the National Union of Students (NUS) Wales’ conference at Aberystwyth University.
 
Phil Jones, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s head of learner services and marketing, said: “Congratulations to the Student Union on winning the Learner Voice Award. This recognition underscores Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s commitment to valuing the opinions and feedback of our learners, a principle that we actively promote through various channels.
 
“The recent learner conference hosted by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the Student Union exemplified our dedication to fostering an environment where learner voices are heard and respected. Well done to our Student Union and the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai staff who have supported this process throughout the year.”
 
Also at the two-day conference, former Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student Deio Owen was announced as the new NUS Wales President.
 
Deio, from Abererch near Pwllheli, studied A-levels at the Pwllheli campus, also serving as Student Union president for the college.
 
He graduated from Cardiff University last year with a degree in Welsh and Politics, and was recently appointed the first Vice-President of Welsh Language, Culture and Community for Cardiff Students' Union.
 
Deio said: “I'm very excited to start my new role as NUS Cymru President in July.
 
“Having been a Students' Union President at the college and now working as a full-time officer at Cardiff Students' Union, I'm hoping to make the most of my experience in both further and higher education.
 
“We're at a turning point in the post-16 education sector in Cymru and I'm looking forward to ensuring that students and students' unions get the best deal possible.”
 
The NUS conference was an opportunity for learners and staff to discuss policies, share ideas and network with other colleges and universities.
 
Among the issues debated were on-campus healthcare access, NUS democracy, a potential name change from NUS Wales to NUS Cymru, and the Welsh independence movement.
 
Jason Scott, Coleg Menai’s Student Union president, said: “It was an insightful experience to come to fully understand the workings of the NUS, to find out what other unions are doing to help their students, and gain new ideas on how we could better improve the lives of our fellow classmates.
 
“It was a great feeling to be able to clearly express our opinions on the debated topics and have our thoughts taken into consideration to potentially make a substantial difference.
 
“The topics of this year's NUS Wales conference were incredibly diverse, ranging from the potential independence of Wales to the implementation of healthcare facilities inside of college and university campuses. This made the conference very engaging as there were plenty of different opinions and ideas throughout our time there.”
 
Aaron Beacher, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Student Enrichment Officer, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for our Student Union presidents to discuss important topics and gain new ideas on how they can improve the learners’ experience while studying with us here at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.
 
“It was fantastic that we received an award for 'Learner Voice', which is our main focus as a Student Union, as it’s vital that learners’ voice is heard. Well done to all our Student Union presidents for their hard work and determination to ensure Grŵp Llandrillo Menai learners feel valued."
 
For more information on the Student Union at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, click here.