Writtle College's Students' Union wins top national award!

July 2013

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle College's Students' Union has won a top national award!

Writtle College's SU was named the Small and Specialist Students' Union of the Year at the NUS (National Union of Students) awards ceremony in Manchester on Wednesday night (3 July).

Freddy Stringer, outgoing SU President, said: "It feels amazing to get this award! The SU has undergone significant development and change in the last few years. We've invested in student leadership, engaged with our students and made a real difference at Writtle College. Being recognised by the NUS is a great achievement for our small but dedicated team."

Rob Dwiar, outgoing Academic Sabbatical Officer, added: "This is the accumulation of a lot of people's hard work. We are incredibly, and pleasantly, surprised to win.

"Writtle College has a small and close community of students and friendly staff. The SU is led by 10 enthusiastic volunteers, one Sabbatical Officer and one staff member. Our officers support all aspects of student life and strive to improve students' experiences at Writtle College and to make sure they have lasting good memories of their time here.

"In the last year, the SU has achieved so much, from our first lecture-free Freshers' Week to helping with the recruitment of our new principal, Dr Stephen Waite. Winning this NUS award is fantastic national recognition of what we have already achieved and the SU hopes to build on this further."

Dr Stephen Waite, Principal of the College, congratulated the team, saying: "Despite being a small team, our SU organises a range of exciting events for students, raises money for charities, represents students and helps them through any personal issues they may have, working hard to make a difference and to give students an enjoyable time during their university experience. As a specialist College with a close community, gaining the title of Small and Specialist Students' Union of the Year is a top honour and is a fantastic achievement."

Toni Pearce, NUS President, added: "The College should be really proud of itself. Having a strong union is absolutely core to championing students and I want to extend my sincere congratulations."