The Executive Committee Elections were held earlier this month to appoint a new Student Council. The group, elected by the students of Bradford College supports the interests and welfare of the student body - raising awareness for student issues with the college management.
Sixth Form Centre Curriculum Team Leader, Veronique Leygue speaking about the elections explained: “Annually an Executive Committee is elected to guide council activities. We hold meetings to discuss business and express opinions. It’s all about working together for the benefit of other students.”
Veronique continued: “Student representatives are elected for each tutor group; they attend general meetings to feedback on college matters. It’s a great opportunity for our students to improve their interpersonal skills, by helping other, they also grow in confidence.”
Jill Wallace from the Schools Council UK came in to talk with the students prior to the elections taking place. Explaining more about her visit to the college, Jill said: “I’ve been coming here for the past five years to teach the students about committee skills.” Jill added: “I visit twice a year. My initial visit involves setting up the committee and executive, holding the elections and training students with the skills they’ll require to perform within their appointed roles. This could be anything from chairing a meeting to taking minutes. My second visit takes place halfway through the year as I like to come back to see how things are going.”
Zahra Miraj was delighted when the results for the elections were revealed. Newly appointed as the Chairperson of the Student Council, Zahra said: “I was actually quite surprised… I didn’t expect it! I’m happy I got elected and I’m looking forward to making a difference – certainly in terms of getting peoples messages through. I’m hoping to get around everyone and get their views.”
Zahra added: “I’ve been part of many Student Councils both in England and abroad. It’s good to get involved with different students, to find out about their experiences.”
The newly appointed Secretary for the Student Council spoke with passion about how she intended to help enhance the quality of college life for her fellow students. Daniella Jade Lowe said: “I’m really happy that I was elected as Secretary – and I’m enjoying the role so far! I want to ensure students’ opinions are considered in the day to day running of the college.”
Commenting on the benefits of having a Student Council, Veronique concluded: “It’s a good opportunity to give our learners a voice - we value their feedback and suggestions. It empowers our students, ensuring their opinions count and make a difference within the college”