The Union is recognised by the college as the formal voice of students and it liaises with CCN management to advocate on students’ behalf. The Union coordinates and trains Student Representatives, plans events and manages clubs and societies.
The Union works in partnership with CCN to ensure that students have input into any decision concerning how students are taught, the provision of resources and the type of support they receive.
The Students’ Union President is a member of the Board of Governors and has a strong working relationship with the Principle. This means that student views are heard and represented at the highest level.
The Students’ Union runs the Student Representative system. Student Representatives are elected from each year group and every course at CCN. They attend meetings with Course Leaders and tutors and are a part of the Student Reps Group that meets with CCN senior management.
Reps communicate the views of students on their course and feed back important information to their peers. Every student is eligible to run for a Student Rep position and by being involved can develop key skills such as effective communication, time management and good organisation.
The Students’ Union funds and supports the running of all clubs and societies – everything from sports clubs to gaming societies, as well as cultural and faith groups.
The Students’ Union provides confidential and impartial help, support and advice on all matters relating to education and welfare. The Union operates an open-door policy, meaning that students can speak to a member of Union staff or the Students’ Union President; 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday with no need for an appointment.
CCN Students’ Union is affiliated with the NUS, which enables the Students’ Union to give students a national voice and work collectively with Unions all over the UK. Whether on student housing, fees, or equality and diversity, the Students’ Union at CCN works with NUS to improve students’ lives.