The Brooksby Melton Students’ Union is here to represent the student body at BMC.
All students here at BMC are automatically a member of the Union, no matter what course or campus they study on. Brooksby Melton Students’ Union (BMSU) seeks to promote enrichment activities and social events such as trips to Alton Towers and the end of year college parties. The Union is about more than just social activities though; it’s about making the most out of your time here at BMC. Whether that means supporting you with charity events or making sure your voice is heard, BMSU is here to listen to your ideas and help make them happen!
The Union is heavily involved with the Student Voice Committee, who attend all meetings of the Student Council and work closely with staff to ensure that the voice of the student body has a real impact. The Union is run by a committee of volunteer students in the following roles: President, Student Governor (one at each campus), RAG Officer, Sports and Societies Officer and the Chair of the Residents’ Association. Elections for these positions are held once a year. All students are eligible to put themselves forward for a role and all students can vote for the candidates of their choice. Get involved now by either nominating yourself for one of the Executive Committee roles, following us on Twitter @BMCStudentUnion or by liking our Brooksby Melton Students’ Union page on Facebook.
The BMSU RAG Officer is responsible for all charitable fundraising at BMC. They work closely with student services staff to organise fundraising events and activities throughout the year. This includes activities such as a Christmas Jumper Day, Inter-departmental Rugby Matches, Shoe Box Appeals and many more. If you would like to get involved with charitable fund raising at college, either talk to the RAG officer or the Student Liaison Co-ordinator.
The Students’ Union organise several activities throughout the year. At the start of the year, BMC piggy backs on to De Montfort University Students’ Union freshers week to offer a greater HE experience for the starting freshers. There are also several trips throughout the year including a ski trip to the alpes! The BMSU committee is also responsible for organising the end of year party, which this year will be combined with a student/staff awards ceremony.
If you would like to see photos from either of the events go to the Brooksby Melton Student Union Facebook page now.
The Students’ Union have hoodies with the BMSU logo on available for all students to purchase from Student Services. There are several different colours to choose from and they come in sizes Small to XXL. Pop down to student services to find out more.
N.B Any profits from the sale of BMSU merchandise goes back into the Student Union to help pay for student events and activities.
All students can apply to NUS for NUS Student Cards, which entitle you to discounts on clothing, food and much more.
The cost is roughly £11-£12 for the year, depending which type of card you apply for, but you can easily make your money back in savings.
A proportion of the NUS card goes back to the Students’ Union so it can be spent on the students!
The BMSU Executive committee also attends NUS national events to help influence the FE and HE sector.
Here at BMC the ‘student voice’ is paramount and this is why we have developed a Student Council which includes two student Course Representatives from each subject area. The Course Reps are chosen at the start of term by their fellow class mates and attend the Student Council meetings once a term. One Course Rep will focus on academic issues and the other will focus on student experience. They also get the opportunity to take part in training for their role and they work closely with the Student Governors and BMSU Committee Officers to ensure that the student voice is heard at the college. The Student Council enables students to feed their views and experiences directly into the college and at the same time enables us to offer a service which can be continually improved and strengthened. The Student Union is heavily involved in the ‘student voice’ and is the driving force behind any cross-campus issues that may arise. The Committee also monitor the student suggestion boxes that can be found in Student Services at both campuses.
So if you’ve spotted something that we could improve, have a great idea for something new, or want to tell us what we are doing right, go and see your Course Representative, a member of the BMSU Committee or the college Student Liaison Co-ordinator!
There are always opportunities to have some fun and help raise money for charitable causes and so far, many BMC students have come together and taken part in Children in Need, Comic Relief and various other charity events. This year’s students came over all spotty for Children in Need, convincing tutors from all areas to join them in becoming a sea of multi coloured polka dots. This event helped raise awareness for children everywhere by combining competitions, tasks and challenges while importantly, having fun.
William Newbury – President
Course: HND Horticulture & Conservation Management
“As a Course Representative I enjoy representing the voice of the learners. I believe that Brooksby Melton is a good college but can be improved. We need to have independently run groups and societies to build good relations between courses and to build a good student body. I hope with my input I will help to create a positive, enthusiastic college.”
Kajal Bhanji – Vice President & Brooksby Campus Student Governor
Course: L3 Extended Diploma Business Studies
“The fundamental reason for being a Vice President & Student Governor is to ensure that the student voice is heard. For example: more trips, new technology, new equipment, parties etc…this will help to make BMC even better!”
Melissa Arthur – Events & Marketing Officer
Course: L3 Extended Diploma Animal Management
“This year was my first at Brooksby and I have absolutely fallen in love with it already. I have been part of the student voice meetings since the start of the year and already we have seen changes as a college. I would describe myself as an organised, approachable person who actually really cares about this college. I care about what matters to each student and I will try to help people and make a change for the positive.”
Claire Mills – Sports & Societies Officer
Course: L3 Extended Diploma Animal Management
“I would be good for the role of the Sports & Societies Officer because I have a wide variety of skills and experiences that will help me to carry out the role well. I am highly motivated and hard working with good organisational skills. I will talk to students effectively about what societies and sports they would like to see, I have lots of ideas that could be considered as well as the ability to take other people’s ideas and comments into account.”