Presidents Update

Firstly, I would like to thank each and every one of the Students’ who voted in the Big Elections. It’s fair to say that despite the strike day we turned out in hundreds and voted to elect our Full Time Officers for next year.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the candidates on a very well contested campaign week, I think it is safe to say it was a successful week with good, friendly competition. Seeing candidates talking with each other throughout the week and showing their passion for ECSA shows how lucky we are to have such an engaged student body. This certainly isn’t the end for some of these people, this is just the beginning.

A special congratulations have to go to Beth Anderson and Cameron Conner, first time running in an election and smashing it. I look forward to working with both of you next year but please concentrate on passing your course and doing the best you can in your Graded Units or end of year exams whatever it may be!

It’s been a while since my last blog post but this must be a reflection on how busy it has been for ECSA in the last 3 months. Recruiting our new Association Director, running two more rounds of Class Rep Conferences across all four campuses, Elections, Strike Action to name but a few.

This hard work certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed nationally as we have been shortlisted by Sparqs (Student Partnership in Quality Scotland) for our work on the Learning Engagement Framework, which without Class Reps cooperation this wouldn’t have been possible, pat on the back time team!

Also, NUS (National Union of Students) Scotland has recognised the work we have done in improving Learning and Teaching by shortlisting us for the Education Award. We also have been shortlisted for Student Association of the year, which is a huge compliment to all involved in ECSA. There is also a wee special someone in the office who has been shortlisted for Staff Member of the year but I’ll save them the embarrassment of naming them.

The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty intense with the remaining class rep conferences taking place, and several external but still important conferences that I, other full time officers, delegates and various staff will be attending also.

Then there is a further opportunity that I have been presented with working alongside Education Scotland as a Student Team Member. This work gives me the opportunity to visit other Colleges in Scotland and reporting to Education Scotland on findings from the new ‘How good is your College?’ framework which is brand new and what our College will be judged on when it comes to our inspection later on in the year. This gives the College and our Students’ Association a great insight to what other good work is going on across the country, identifying best practise and sharing that with staff here can only help further the progress we have made this year specifically in Learning and Teaching.

Personally the team and I have really felt Class Reps have worked to achieve a lot this year. We are currently consulting with reps for feedback on their experiences this year and how we can improve that to have an even better one next year. It’s important we evaluate our processes not just the Colleges!

Hopefully most of you will have heard by now that nominations for the ECSA-llence Awards 2017 are live. This is a great opportunity to reward any staff member at the College with recognition for all their great work! You can find out more about the ECSA-llence awards and nominate someone here: ecsa.scot/awards

Students’ also have the luxury of time off soon, but from what I remember from my time studying it was a great opportunity to catch up on all the work which had been piling up over the course of the semester. But please take time for self-love and self-care, spend time with friends and loved ones, do something you haven’t done in a while that you know you enjoy! The work is important but so is living! Something I have learned recently which a close friend of mine pointed out is ‘Work can end but your life will go on, don’t let it go on without you’