Dudley College Students’ Union scoop double victory
Dudley College Students' Union scooped a double win at the annual National Union of Students (NUS) Awards Ceremony, which took place in Leeds.
The awards recognise excellence in the student community, highlighting the achievements of students' unions, individual students and student media from across the country. Nominations are given in thirteen categories to reward outstanding campaigns and work within local communities.
The Students' Union won in the category for 'Further Education Students' Union of the Year' and President, Kim Hughes, won in the category of 'Unionist' of the year. The students' Union have run several high profile campaigns this year, most pertinent being 'Save EMA'. Through this campaign thousands of Dudley College students who had not previously been interested in politics were engaged, a number of local MP's were lobbied and Kim was even mentioned in the House of Commons during a debate on the Education Maintenance Allowance.
NUS National President, Laim Burns said: 'The last year has been an incredible one for students' and their representatives. Throughout some of the worst ever attacks on access to education they have remained dogged and enthusiastic and it is wonderful to be able to recognise some of the most inspiring work they have done delivering for students and working in their communities.'
Dudley College President, Kim Hughes said: 'I am absolutely thrilled that the Students' Union and I won. We have had a fantastic year even in the light of the challenges that we have faced. The executive team worked extremely hard and were absolutely inspirational; this motivated me to continually strive to do more for the Union. At the heart of all we do are the students and I know none of this would have been possible without them. These awards were down to them, they are the real winners.'
College Principal, Lowell Williams said that the work Kim and the students’ Union had been involved in over the past year had helped to re-establish the credibility of young people and bring their sometime forgotten voice back to the fore.