South Lanarkshire College Student Association (SLCSA)
SLCSA is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) and is led by an Executive Committee of elected representatives from across the student body. The Student Association and class representatives play an essential role in ensuring that the views and opinions of students are heard in faculty meetings, focus groups, College Committee and Board of Management meetings.
There are huge benefits to being a Cladd Representative or elected member of the Student Association Executive Committee:
- Ability to influence decisions which affect all students
- Enhances your CV and job prospects
- Gain confidence and experience through taking part in meetings and committees
- Gain invaluable experience and develop essential skills
- Access to a wide range of training opportunities
Every student is eligible to stand for election as a Class Representative, or for a position on the Student Association Committee. There are a variety of posts, all requiring different skills and lots of enthusiasm:
- Student President
- Vice President
- Eight Executive Committee Students Officers
- Class Representative
The Student Association is active in encouraging students to take a full part in College life through various College events which are organised throughout the academic session, such as:
- Freshers’ & Re-Freshers Week
- Health Week
- Mental Health Awareness
- UCAS Higher Education Event
- Volunteering Week
- Equality & Choices
- Purple Friday
Additionally, they work with the College staff to raise awareness of equality, diversity, health and sustainability issues.
You can contact the Student Association by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, call them on 01355 807380 or pop in to see them in their office on the ground floor, near reception. You can also follow SLCSA on Facebook, search for SLCSA.
Student Mental Health Agreement
In 2018/19, the Student Association worked closely with the College to create our first Student Mental Health Agreement, as part of the NUS Think Positive initiative. This Agreement was reviewed by our Student Officers and Mental Health Working Group before being launched in 2019. Identifying four working areas, the Agreement was signed by the College Principal and Student President to highlight our commitment to supporting mental health.
As one of the first colleges to publish their Student Mental Health Agreement, representatives from the Student Association and the College were invited to take part in a Q&A Panel at the 2019 NUS Think Positive Launch Event to discuss their experiences of working towards the Agreement.
This document is reviewed on an annual basis and our second Student Mental Health Agreement is now available below. Following the same format, the Agreement outlines the fantastic support available from the College and Student Association in relation to student mental health and wellbeing. It highlights four new working areas and provides an excellent opportunity to build upon the work achieved in the previous Agreement.
In 2017/18, the Student Association, supported by the College, was awarded 2 stars as part of the Healthy Body Health Mind campaign by NUS. In 2018/19, they surpassed this recognition and were awarded 3 stars as a result of all the hard work undertaken throughout the year. The Healthy Body Healthy Mind award centres around physical activity, Smoke Free Generation and student mental health. Part of the work undertaken by the Student Association for this award included introducing the new annual Refreshers’ event in 2019, organising ‘Give it a Go’ fitness sessions with local gyms and promoting Go with Flo classes to encourage students to stop smoking. The Student Association will continue to focus on these key areas in relation to student health and wellbeing.
In 2017 the College achieved the LGBT Charter Mark award and this year the Student Association will be working alongside College staff to achieve the Bronze Charter Mark. The Student Association has been integral in creating and organising events to raise awareness and improve visibility of LGBT+.
Office Bearers 2019-20
Student President – Elizabeth Newlands
Tel: 01355 807380
Vice President – Kimberley Dougans-Haining
National Union of Students
SLC-EK Student Association is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS).
NUS Extra cards have now been replaced with the new TOTUM card which has over 200 UK student discounts. These cards can be purchased on the NUS website and will be available for collection from the SA Office, if requested. For further information please visit: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/