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Dudley College Students’ Union nominated for awards

May 16 2011

The Students’ Union have been nominated for Further Education Students’ Union of the Year, Campaign of the year, Student Leader of the year for the NUS Awards and Cohesion and Civic Partnership for the LSIS awards.

Kim Hughes, President of the Students’ Union said: ‘It has been hard work but rewarding. Our campaign nomination is based around the work which we did to save EMA, a weekly payment that almost 80% of our 16-19 year old students rely on. This campaign really engaged students who had not previously been interested in politics. I am thrilled to also receive a nomination for Student Leader of the year.’

Dudley 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 sometimes forgotten voice back to the fore.

Ian Austin MP, who has supported the Students’ Union on a number of projects throughout the year added that: ‘Kim and the Students’ Union had mobilised hundreds of students to lobby their MPs, organised a series of action days at Dudley College's campus which attracted local and regional media coverage and led delegations to the House of Commons where she briefed MPs. Armed with the facts she provided, I and others were able to question Michael Gove directly on the floor of the House of Commons - more than that, thanks to Kim, I had the detail about the number of students in Dudley that would lose out and what they used the EMA for to ensure he couldn't just brush the question off.’

The National Students’ Union awards ceremony will be held in July and Dudley College Students’ Union are hoping that their nominations will see them win at least one of the awards.