Coming to College isn’t just about gaining a qualification, furthering your education and gearing up for employment; it’s also about experiencing the new, fun and exciting lifestyle that comes with being a student!
When you choose to study at North East Scotland College (and if you are over the age of 16) you will automatically become a member of the Students’ Association, unless you choose to opt out. You can decide your level of involvement - some students are very heavily involved in the SA, whereas others choose not to be. It’s entirely your choice.
You’ll find that throughout the year we organise a timetable of events and awareness raising activities, and helping to support these events or getting involved with the Association gives you the chance to learn new skills, gain work experience and boost your CV all whilst spending time with enthusiastic, like-minded people and forming lifelong friendships!
The Association is represented by two full time, paid Sabbatical Officers who are elected in Spring each year by students. They have posts as Regional and Deputy President of the Association and these posts can only be held by those who were students at the time of election. They are responsible for taking student issues forward through the Association Executives, College Boards and Committees, and are accountable to the student body.
The North East Scotland Students’ Association is run by students, for the benefit of students, and we strive to make sure that your experiences at College is the best it can be; from the fun, social side of things to the more serious, educational side where we’ll represent you at all levels – from running Class Rep meetings to lobbying MPs. We also hold an important seat on the Board of Management, one of the main links between you and the College.
As an organisation we act as the voice of students’ in the wider educational environment. So, for those who want to have an active say in their education and really embrace the student experience at College, the Students’ Association is a great thing to become involved in.
Events and Activities
During the College year, the Students’ Association run a range of events promoting Health and Welfare, Equality and Diversity and general social events - because you all deserve some fun! Your first introduction to these will be through our Fresher’s activities in September where you will find stalls offering information on student support, travel, health and well being, catering on campus, volunteering and local entertainment/leisure facilities, among other things. We really hope that you can join us for this and possibly grab a few freebies or goodie bags!
The Students' Association are always on the lookout for promotions and benefits for students, and last year we launched a Student Discount App which is powered by Spree specifically for NESCol students. This can be purchased for only £10.00 but offers access to hundreds of local restaurants, leisure activities/providers, fast food outlets and much more, and is valid fro a year from the date of purchase. Find out more at www.nescolsa.com
When it comes to advice and support, we will help you in every way we can. If you need advice or information on anything that affects your life as a student, feel free to come to us - if we can’t assist you then it’s our responsibility to find someone who can!
All conversations with the Student Officers of the NESCol Students’ Association are confidential, so if you feel at all uncomfortable talking to a member of staff, then please feel free to come and see us and we can support you in taking any issues forward.
National Union of Students
NUS are a confederation of 600 students’ unions, representing the interests of more than seven million students across the UK. As an organisation they champion students to shape the future of education by promoting, defending and extending student rights. They are informed – developing research that influences national policy – and support and strengthen their unions through communicating practical information and taking national action.
NUS Extra Card
Because North East Scotland College is part of NUS, all NESCol students are entitled to an NUS Extra Card. This means you can take advantage of massive savings in over 200 shops, leisure activities and restaurants.
Getting involved in the Students’ Association is a fantastic way to meet new people, boost your CV and have a say in your educational and overall student experience at North East Scotland College.
If you do want to get involved, there are lots of ways you can do it...
Every class in the College has a Class Rep. They are normally elected within the first few week of a class starting. Class Reps represent students by talking to their peers about all aspects of life on their course. They then attend meetings with key staff and provide them with feedback. Topics covered might include things like:
- Ideas from the class on how to improve life in the classroom
- Comments on a particularly interesting (or uninteresting) module
- Potential improvements to course content
- Problems in course content or course delivery
- ...and much, much more!
In 2016 we introduced the role of Faculty Reps, who have an overview of issues raised by Class Reps within their Faculty. They are there to support the Association in delivering training, whilst acting as a valuable representative for their Faculty in the Joint Learner Engagement Committee – a key Committee where College staff and the Students’ Association will meet to discuss any issues raised and the successful outcomes of Class Rep activity.
You don't have to be a Class Rep or an elected Officer to help with the Students' Association. Volunteers are encouraged to come along on a regular basis to help out and support Officers at different one-off events, fundraising days, campaigns and initiatives. As an Association we are keen to benefit from the many different skills you are developing at College, as well as your motivation and enthusiasm! Please let us know if you feel you can help out or keep an eye on our website and social media sites for any opportunities that we might have - we'd be happy to have you on board!
We have Annual General Meetings where we report to our members on our activities for the year and our work on your behalf, but also debate motions that have been proposed by you - our members. We encourage all members to attend this meeting so that we can hear more about what you want from us. AGMs are generally held towards the end of the Academic Year.
Elections and vacancies
Executive Officers help make major decisions alongside the Sabbatical Officers in the Students’ Association when it comes to shaping the direction, aims and ambitions of the Association. There are a number of positions that become available during elections, where you can become involved in areas that are of specific interest to you, such as:
- Equality and Diversity
- Health and Well Being
- Activities and Events
Executive Officers may help to organise fundraising for charity and exciting events/campaigns to raise awareness of different issues. They can also represent students and various student issues via their membership on key College committees.
North East Scotland College and the Students' Association (NESColSA) agree to work in partnership to achieve shared priorities outlined in Partership Agreement. Both parties will work collaboratively to ensure that all students can get involved in actively shaping and influencing their College experiences.
If you have any questions about the Students' Association or would like some more information about becoming part of the team, please don't hesitate to get in touch – we'd love to hear from you. If you're passing, why not drop in to one of our offices and say hello?
Contact details for each of the campuses are as follows:
Kirsty Godsman, Depute President Students' Association
Telephone: 01224 615567
Abby Miah, Regional President Students' Association
Telephone: 01224 612313
Alternatively, you can contact the Student Engagement Co-ordinator:
Allison Lamont, Student Engagement Co-ordinator
Telephone: 01224 612508
- Aberdeen Altens Campus Students' Association Office: Room FG26 (just off the Engine Room)
- Aberdeen City Campus Students' Association Office: Lower Ground Floor of Tower Block, just along from Loch Street entrance
- Fraserburgh Campus Students' Association Office: Upstairs in the Atrium area, to the left of the coffee bar