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Student life at Leicester College

Joining a new college can be a bit daunting. However there is a lot of support available for new and existing students at Leicester College.

We want you to enjoy your time at College and get involved in as many activities as you’d like to. Student involvement is important to us. When you enrol at Leicester College, you become part of the community which encourages student involvement. You’ll have the chance to have your views heard not just in the Student Union (which is independent of the College, and affiliated with the National Union of Students), but in the day-to-day running of things here, too.

Students elect representatives for their courses who attend steering group and other meetings. At these meetings, the course reps have the chance to put forward students’ views and then report back.

You will also have the chance to offer honest, anonymous feedback on everything from the quality of teaching to the facilities on offer. One way we have of gathering this information is through the National Student Survey (NSS), which creates a national ranking of universities and colleges. We also run internal satisfaction surveys to get a wider range of opinions from students at different levels.

Student Enrichment Team

We run a range of extra-curricular. In addition to our sports enrichment programme and our Student Union-led events, we are fortunate enough to have a Student Enrichment Team (SET).

SET look after the following areas:

  • Active Lifestyles (Sports, Charity Challenges, Outdoor Pursuits) speak to Steve Whittle or Pravin Patel
  • Employability (Industry Visits, World of Work, Mock Interviews, Volunteering) speak to Jane Prior, Leigh Rees or Harj Singh
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (Diversity Programmes, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, Aspire Enrichment) speak to Angie Alexander, Sharen Ravat, Pravin Patel
  • Personal Development (Independent Living, Body Image Workshops, Get Future Smart. Focus Groups) speak to Richard White, Leigh Rees and Angie Alexander
  • Social Spaces (Relax, Play Games and Meet New People) speak to Ayolah Hanley or Julekha Bobat
  • Student Voice (Student Union, Course Representatives, Events and Committees) speak to Craig Whitehill and Harjinder Singh

This team is passionate about organising a fantastic calendar of events for you to enjoy. We implement activities that can enrich your life, raise your awareness of the diverse society we live in and give you new experiences. This includes attending workshops, going on trips, getting involved with the local community through volunteering or engaging in charity work. These activities not only allow you to have fun but enhance your life experience and future employability.

While at College, you will have the chance to visit and take part in fairs and sales taking place in the campus atria, attend seminars and talks by inspirational speakers, and sample our legendary samosas. We also organise plenty of fun activities away from campus, too – and the cost is usually subsidised, making these trips really affordable. Past activities have included ice skating trips; visits to Christmas markets; climbing Snowdon; going for a private tour of the Houses of Parliament; visiting the Slavery Museum in Liverpool; and a day out at Alton Towers. We’ve always got something planned, and we raise money for charity with bake sales, too.

SET are also responsible for each of the city centre campuses’ social spaces, which are dedicated areas where learners can relax, play video games, and use computers.

Where can you find us?

Abbey Park Campus – A Block 2.19

Freemen’s Park Campus – A Block LG 0.16

St Margaret’s – 1.33

Events and trips

As a result of Covid-19 all trips have been cancelled. We are still planning on some small events on campus and virtual events.

You can catch up with all events and activities we are planning by keeping an eye on our Moodle page.

Student Union

The Student Union is run by students for students. The ‘executive’, as they’re known, are voted into their positions by fellow learners twice yearly.

A major part of their role is learner representation, giving learners a voice and ensuring that their views are heard, shared, and acted upon appropriately by our leadership team . To this end, the Union has seats on the governors’, health and safety, equality and diversity, FEQSI and HEQSIC committees.

There are currently 22 executive posts that include the President, Women’s Officer, Welfare Officer, International Students’ Officer and Campaigns Officer, to name just a few.

There’s more to Student Union life than just meetings and committees though, as we also run successful campaigns, awds, Keep The Beat, and trips to Alton Towers, Go Ape etc.

The Union also works on national initiatives in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and other external agencies. Internally the Union works with SET (Student Enrichment Team) to both support and promote their agenda.

In short, the Student Union here at the College is a vibrant, energetic, and progressive movement to be involved with that mirrors the College’s values of diversity, inclusion and equality. It will certainly broaden your horizons!

So come along and get involved!

Student discount card and other benefits

TOTUM card

Being a student at Leicester College gives you the opportunity to get a TOTUM card and use their app. which gives you access to over 200 UK discounts. That includes Amazon, Odeon, ASOS and many more. It is the new name for the NUS extra student discount card and your TOTUM membership opens up a world of fantastic student discounts, offers and vouchers on your everyday essentials, must-have gear and luxury items.

Office 365 

All students at Leicester College get free access to the full Office 365 suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneDrive. All IT at the college is accessed using your student email address. Don’t forget the dot when you are logging into you college Office 365 and Moodle accounts. Remember the format – studentid@my.leicestercollege.ac.uk

Facilities 

You also, of course, have access to all of the College’s facilities including our nurseries, sports, libraries, multi-faith chaplaincy and refectories and cafes.

 

Behaviour

We want the College to be a safe, calm and ordered environment that promotes a positive, respectful and inclusive culture for all. We expect all students to attend sessions and be on time, and behave in a responsible way; the same as you would be required to in the workplace. To support this, students are expected to abide by the 6Ps of Student Positive Behaviour, these are:

  • Polite: behave responsibly, treating all other members of the College, its buildings and its equipment with respect.
  • Present: attend all classes and other required learning sessions.
  • Positive: listen to the views of others and treat everyone with respect.
  • Punctual: be on time for all classes and learning sessions.
  • Professional: comply with all relevant College policies, regulations, and procedures and dress appropriately for your setting.
  • Prepared: to learn, work diligently and to the best of your ability.