With a new term underway at Ayrshire College, the Student Association are preparing to enter a new era with a new look, a new structure and a fresh vision for the year ahead. However, their objectives remain the same – to provide the best support and guidance possible to all students and ensure that their college years are some of the most memorable.
As they prepare to welcome new and returning students back through the doors of the College, let’s get to know a little bit more about the people behind the Ayrshire College Student Association (ACSA).
Angela Alexander is the Student President, entering her second year in residence. Previously a Sport and Fitness student at Ayrshire College, Angela’s role is to represent the students of the College and provide a voice for them at meetings with staff and the Board of Management. Since coming to Ayrshire College, Angela has been given some life changing opportunities and experiences that she now wants to use to help others.
Angela is enthusiastic and excited about the year ahead after a productive summer. We caught up with her shortly before the start of Freshers’ week and she explained her outlook and vision for the year ahead:
“The Student Association have been busy throughout the summer months organising and planning the year ahead and I hope you are looking forward to being a part of it. Freshers Fair has been taking place all this week on all campuses. Cumnock Campus Freshers has been postponed and we will confirm a date soon.
We will soon be holding a bi-election to elect a Vice-President. After consultation the Student Association introduced a new structure to ensure effective leadership and cross campus events and initiatives therefore enhancing the student experience.
We have lots of exciting stuff planned for the year ahead so please come and speak to us in any of the SA offices and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.” – Angela Alexander, Student President
As well as our Student President and soon-to-be-elected Vice-President, the Student Association is also home to our Student Association Advisor, Charlotte Mitchell. Charlotte’s role is to support the work of the Student Association to ensure that the Student Presidents and the Executive Committee have the information, knowledge, training and resources they need to run a successful and effective association.
Charlotte also deals day-to-day with students who may have ideas for fundraisers, projects or voluntary placements but don’t know where to start. It is Charlotte’s job to link up students with other college teams as well as outside agencies.
When we spoke to Charlotte she revealed her main aims for the year ahead and explained why she found herself part of the new look Student Association at Ayrshire College:
“This year my priority will be to support the association in developing and implementing a long term strategy and to ensure that the association’s legacy is carried on for the benefit of future students by assisting in the continuation of long term initiatives. I want to work closely with the Executive Committee to support them to build new skills which will help prepare them to stand for presidency in the Student President elections in 2016.
I came to this post in November last year after working in community education and development for many years. I find that I use the same set of skills for this job in that there’s a lot of problem solving, capacity building and thinking on your feet. The most important characteristic of this job is that you need to be flexible. Often I have to drop what I’m doing to deal with the unexpected. Also, the dynamics of the team are constantly changing as new presidents and executive officers are elected.
I have enjoyed my year so far and look forward to supporting the team and championing the work of the association for many years to come.”
– Charlotte Mitchell, Student Association Advisor
Angela and Charlotte want as many students as possible to get involved with the Student Association over the next year and there are many ways they can do so:
• Drop in to one of the Student Association offices at our Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning campuses
• Connect and interact with the Student Association pages on Facebook and Twitter.
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or phone 0300 303 0303 and ask to speak to Angela or Charlotte.
• Visit the Student Association page on our website to find out more about how you can get involved by becoming an executive officer or class representative. Click here: http://www1.ayrshire.ac.uk/students/student-association/
• You can get involved with The Student Voice – a magazine packed with the latest student news, gig reviews, and lifestyle articles. If you have a story or feature idea or have any upcoming events you wish to review for us then get in touch with Martin Currie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep your eyes peeled for all of the great events Angela and Charlotte have got planned for the year ahead. And don’t forget, a new Vice-President will be elected within the next few months. If you are interested then please contact Charlotte via email or pick up a nomination pack from any of the main campus reception desks.
It’s an exciting year in store for Ayrshire College so get involved and make a difference to your college experience!
Welcome to Ayrshire College 2015-16!