6 July 2017
Official NUS award for Wrexham Glyndwr University Students' Union
Wrexham Glyndwr University Students’ Union has won a national award in its first year.
The Union, established less than 12 months ago, collected an Education Award at the official NUS Awards 2017.
The award follows the Union’s shortlist for the same accolade by NUS Wales in March and recognises its sabbatical team’s efforts in overhauling Wrexham Glyndwr University’s course rep system, introducing new training, support, internal awards and a 20 credit module in advocacy.
Travis Davies, President said “I am delighted that the hard work put in by staff members of the SU has been recognised nationally at the NUS student unions 2017 conference. It's amazing to see just how far we have come as a union in only 11 months and hopefully this will continue in the following years.”
Marc Caldecott was responsible for many of the changes implemented in a new role as Union, Representation and Democracy Coordinator.
Marc said: “For such a small Union, to achieve all of this in one year, is incredible. The past year has been extremely exciting at WGSU for student voice. In that time we have taken responsibility for the course rep system which has seen an increase in registered reps and the number of those trained doubled from the previous year.
“In addition, we have introduced online training and an interactive hub on the website so that reps are fully informed and have the resources they need.
“The introduction of an extra 20 credit module in advocacy has also been a huge success for the union. This module ensures that course reps are fully equipped to fulfil their role and is a way for us to give something back to them.
“We have also been extremely fortunate to have worked in partnership with Wrexham Glyndwr University to re-develop the structure of student voice forums, ensuring an effective system that works for students and staff.
“Having also introduced an online interactive signposting system for students called ASK GLYN, (which is currently being developed and expanded into something very exciting, so watch this space!) has meant that students have all the information of services available to them at the click of a button.
“It really has been a productive year for student representation and it has been a pleasure to have shared this best practice with others.
“We are delighted to have won this award, which is testament to the great partnership and commitment from the WGSU team”
Sarah Ellis, Union CEO said “I am incredibly proud of the team and what they have achieved. As a brand new Students' Union it's incredible how far we have come in a year and I can not thank our officers and staff enough for all their hard work.”
The NUS Awards are held annually to recognise the work done by Students’ Unions across the UK. This year’s award ceremony was held in Birmingham on Wednesday 5 July.