Coleg y Cymoedd learner Rebecca Thomas, 20 years from Trecynon, Aberdare has been named Endsleigh Student of the Year, at this yearâ€™s two-day annual NUS Wales Conference which was held at the Pierhead, Cardiff.
Student Union representatives from across Wales gathered to set the priorities for the year ahead, debate the future of NUS Wales and elect new leaders. The event marks the 40th anniversary of NUS Wales and the annual democratic event provides a great place to network with students and activists from across Wales. Delegates also had the opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers.
The highlight of the Conference was the NUS Wales Awards Ceremony which recognised excellence in academic, vocational and extra – curricular areas. From a strong field of over 90 nominations Rebeccaâ€™s contribution to the college was recognised, giving her the prestigious title â€“ Endsleigh Student of the Year.
Rebeccaâ€™s contribution to the college has been made as a representative on the Learner Voice Forum and she has been extremely active in her role spending hours of her own time making a difference for her fellow students.
In addition, Rebecca has been working closely with the New Horizons Mental Health Team and Friends R us Support Group, accompanying learners to sessions, arranging trips and generally encouraging and supporting them.
Welfare Officer Laura Wilson stated â€œThe College is delighted that Rebecca received this much deserved award â€“ Endsleigh Student of the Year. She has made a huge contribution to the college, especially with her work with mental health. Sheâ€™s an enthusiastic representative and is always keen to help and support various events at the college. Our Learner Voice Forum is taken seriously and our learnerâ€™s views are central to the decisions taken by the Senior Management Team at the college.
Rebecca saidâ€ I am honoured to have been nominated for the Student of the Year Award and would like to thank Laura Wilson for nominating me. Through my role as Student rep., I have been given the opportunity to get involved with so many events and projects. My work with New Horizons Mental Health team and Friends R us has given me an insight into the issues experienced by some of our learners and Iâ€™m pleased to be able to offer them support and make a difference in their livesâ€.
Beth Button, Deputy President NUS Wales saidâ€ The panel of judges were really impressed by the level of dedication Rebecca has shown to improving the lives of her fellow students in her college. Having worked with Rebecca this year I can safely say the work that she does is inspirational and she is truly deserving of this accoladeâ€.
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