The History of Cornwall College Students’ Union
Cornwall College Students' Union (CCSU) was established in 2007, in response to a letter written by a student addressed to the CEO, asking for more involvement in decision making.
John Clayton: President 2007 – 2009
CCSU was launched and the student responsible for writing that initial letter (John Clayton) was elected into the post of CCSU President after finishing his degree in Social Sciences. The job involved representing students from 7 campuses spread across the county of Cornwall (see fig.1).
Fig.1. Cornwall College Corporation
John worked with students on each campus, staff members and the National Union of Students (NUS) to develop student voice structures suitable for such a large and diverse corporation. In parallel to the development of CCSU, Cornwall College invested in a Student Liaison Team to help support and facilitate student voice work on each campus.
In the first term there was a lot of time spent explaining the structure of CCSU to both staff & students. The first student voice forums were held across campuses allowing students to question heads of college and engage in debate relating to student experience.
An amazing number of opportunities for student involvement presented themselves and CCSU produced a clothing range, magazine and radio shows to promote student voice and raise the profile of students across in the county. Working with the student liaison team CCSU were involved in organising beach cleans art exhibitions, trips to Alton Towers and supporting the Cornwall College Beach Olympics. A CCSU website was set up using the BAM web platform that enabled CCSU to highlight student led activities as well as develop valuable income through advertising.
Student teams on each of the campus were formalised into Local Student Executive Committee’s (LSEC) and volunteer job roles were developed. CCSU actively participated in decision making at every level of the college.
Regular meetings with the Chairperson & Vice Chairperson from each campus were organised twice a term and became known as the Corporate Student Executive Committee (CSEC). The CSEC planned campaigns that were implemented across campuses. The CCSU President and one student elected from CSEC were invited to sit on the board of governors
John Clayton attended the NUS National Conference in Blackpool and CCSU subsequently worked with NUS to raise the profile of emerging student voice in the FE sector. Successfully winning his election campaign John Clayton was able to spend his second year building the profile and strength of CCSU across the corporation.
Toni Pearce: President 2009-2011
Toni Pearce was an active member of the Camborne CCSU team, representing students on campus and at the NUS National Conference. Toni stood for election as CCSU President whilst finishing her A-levels.
CCSU successes during this time include:
Joe Vinson: President 2011-2013
Joe Vinson had been part of the Camborne CCSU team as Secretary before standing for CCSU President. Joe fought off fierce competition to win his election as CCSU President in 2011, and again in 2012.
CCSU successes during this time include:
Charlotte Knight: President 2013-14
Having completed her A Levels at St Austell campus, Charlotte won her election campaign in March 2013 and went on to achieve the following before leaving to undertake a degree at Canterbury University:
Tony Woolman: President 2014-16
Tony stood for election in his final year of studying a BSc(Hons) Combined Social Science degree at Camborne Campus and has taken over the presidential role just as The Cornwall College Group has launced a new 4 year strategic intent. This presents Cornwall College Students' Union with an exciting opportunity to respond to the needs of students and align itself with the new direction of the college. Tony's main manifesto commitments are as follows:
If you are interested in getting involved with Cornwall College Students’ Union either contact the Student Union team on your campus, speak to your Student Liaison Officer or email the President using the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org