I would just like to welcome every new and returning student to MidKent College (even if it is a little late in the year). My name is Taylor Kane and I am your Students’ Union President this year.
Everyone who attends a MidKent College course at least once a week over the academic year is automatically part of the Students’ Union. Unfortunately not many people know this and it is in my role to promote the Union and all we can do for you.
MidKent College’s Students’ Union is here to promote the interests and welfare of its members. We can organise many events and social activities including LGBT (which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), a Gospel Choir and even a Glee Club. However, we will only do this if it is what you as the student body want. Being a Students’ Union we are closely linked to the National Union of Students (or NUS) which benefits you with advice on student issues and discounts in many high-street stores (when you purchase their NUS card which is sold in both College Social Zones for £10). For more information on this visit www.nus.org.uk.
At MKC we have an active representation system within departments which means any issues, whether small or large can and will be voiced. You should have a class rep within your tutor group. In addition, some of you may know your faculty rep. If you want to talk to someone and I’m not around, these are the people that can help you.
This year we have a lot of activities for you to get involved in. As a student here last year I know that work can build up around December/January time and make you feel a little down about being here, so I aim to conquer this with lots of activities and campaigns to get involved in. To find out what’s on you can visit the Social Zones for the events calendars or talk to the Zocial Zone Co-ordinators, Amanda Worf, Viv Bennett and Lynne Ansell – they won’t bite I promise!
So just remember, the Union is whatever you want it to be, it can be whatever you make of it. All we ask is that you voice your opinion within MKCSU as it is through the engagement of students that we can ensure the focus remains on improving your experience here at MidKent College.