In an exciting new venture Coleg y Cymoedd is introducing Campus Councils on its four campuses in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach as a pilot project in 2016-17. The Campus Councils will act as a sounding board for issues, concerns, opportunities and development relevant to Coleg y Cymoedd’s work.
Campus Council members will advise campus and college managers and make recommendations to the College’s Corporation Board on the development and delivery of the educational provision appropriate to the needs of the learners, industry and the communities served by the college and the strategic priorities of the College.
To ensure local representation and to foster relationships with business, schools, the voluntary sector and the wider public each campus will be represented by a Campus Council to concentrate both business and wider local interests through a committee of select area representatives, thereby allowing matters to be aired, specific to each campus of the college operation, providing for local participation and integration with the wider community.
The Campus Council will:
- Engage with key groups and receive regular feedback from those groups, working with management to develop collaboration with employers, and ensure effective two-way communication;
- Consider performance of the Campus site by receiving reports and updates including ones on quality, developments (ongoing and potential), external engagement, the learner voice and community initiatives
- Liaise with other campus councils and share information and good practice
- Make informed recommendations regarding the local campus to College managers
- Champion the local campus in the community.
- Endeavour to be forward looking and develop opportunities for the local campus.
Campus Councils will meet once per term, and will have 15 members; 9 members will be external to the College. The College plans to recruit Campus Council members who have a keen interest in the role of the College in the community and in particular is looking for people with the experience in business and industry, public services, the voluntary/third sector, schools and education, economic development and regeneration and local expertise of the geographical communities served by the College’s individual campuses.
Vice Principal David Finch said “The College is keen to work more closely with, and be more accountable to, the people, businesses and communities in the areas served by its four campuses. Effective community and business engagement is vital for the College’s future growth and development. Campus Councils will be an innovative way of ensuring that local people have a key role in the use and development of their local campus.”
Anyone interested in applying or finding out more can contact: Michelle Lewis at Coleg y Cymoedd on 01443 653699 or Michelle.Lewis@cymoedd.ac.uk