Student experience is a big part of College life – the more you get involved, the more you will benefit from the personal and social aspects of being a student at Askham Bryan College.
We offer a range of clubs and sporting/social activities through the Student Experience Coordinator who works in partnership with the Student Union. Activities currently offered include:
• Rugby union
• Mixed sports club
• Badminton club
• 5-aside football
• Swimming club
• Rock climbing
• Film society
• Charity and fundraising society
Free transport is also offered to enable students to access the wider attractions in and around York.
The student body is a vital part of College life and we actively encourage all students to become an active student whether this is as part of the Student Union or by becoming a Student Representative.
Student Reps are elected at the beginning of each academic year to represent their course acting on behalf of the students on individual courses. The types of things Student Reps would typically become involved in (although exhaustive):
• Attending Course Team Meetings to raise issues on behalf of your student peers.
• Feed information back to your student peers.
• Attend Annual Course Review meetings (at Level 5 and 6 of your programme).
• Act as a direct link for members of staff including Senior Management and the HE Office with your student peers.
• Attend a range of focus groups and meetings planned throughout the course of the year with Senior Management, Managers and other members of staff.
To support Student Reps in this role we provide an initial briefing at the beginning of the year so that new students can learn more about the role. Once elected, we offer a highly successful training programme which has been developed in conjunction with York St John University.
Our commitment to developing the role of the student body was recognised as a strength in the review of our HE provision in February 2014 by the Quality Assurance Agency:
“The extensive mechanisms to engage and respond to the student voice at all levels” (QAA Report, February 2014).
In addition to Course Team Representatives, we also encourage Team Reps to stand for election as a Lead Student Rep acting on behalf of the whole year group.