Student Ambassador Programme
There are 28 Student Ambassador Scholarships available for new first year students. This is an exciting opportunity for students to develop leadership and communication skills. Ambassadors are the student face of the College sharing their student experience by working with local schools, communities and organisations. To make sure that there is representation across all subject areas two Ambassadors are appointed per academic school and all campuses are represented. Students interested in becoming an ambassador will be able to submit an application form in October and if the application is successful will be invited to attend a short interview in November. The application form and details of how to apply are available from Student Services.
The Student Ambassadors that are selected will carry out their role from December in their first year to March in their second year. Ambassadors are accountable to their Head of School and will enter into a contract regarding satisfactory academic progress, contribution to College life, commitment, attendance and continuing on programme. Ambassadors will receive £200 will be paid in two instalments of £100, subject to a positive progress report from the Head of School.
Ambassadors will work alongside their Heads of School, Campus Managers, marketing and admissions team to promote the College in the following ways:
- Promoting their subject area internally externally
- Supporting the delivery of promotional presentations
- Being available on open days/evenings, prize giving, taster days, school visits Ambassadors are accountable to their Head of School and will enter into a contract regarding satisfactory academic progress, contribution to College life, commitment, attendance and continuing on programme and talks
- Working with the bursary, scholarship, trust winners and More Able and Talented (MAT) students
- Working with the Student Representatives and Student Union
- Welcoming guests and employers to the College
- Taking part in consultation and student involvement activities
- Mentoring and supporting new first year Ambassadors
Student Representatives are selected to make sure the views and opinions of the students on their course heard. The work the Representatives do as a group and individuals is to improve the quality of the learning experience and teaching throughout the College. Representatives are selected in September and will receive training to support them in their role.The Reps take part in course meetings alongside their teaching and support teams, some are invited to represent students in key meetings across the College. The purpose of being involved in how the College is run is so that students have a central role in designing, influencing and informing how services are delivered.
Being a Student Representative is a great way to develop skills and listen to student views from all campuses. Campus Senedd meetings take place every term where students are able to focus their discussion on a specific topic.
Celebrating and Rewarding Student Success
The College recognises and rewards students for their achievements and endeavour by providing a range of financial awards bursaries and scholarships. Students that accept awards play an important role in promoting the College this includes:
- Talking to prospective students at interview sessions, taster days and visiting local schools
- Representing their areas of study at open evenings
- Promoting the Student Zone and the student support services
- Mentoring fellow students
There is also a role for Student Ambassadors to promote the College to our local communities outside organisations.
Bursaries are awarded across four areas to students that show cultural, academic, sporting and vocational excellence.
Vocational Excellence Bursaries
There are six awards for students that study on vocational level three two year programmes. Students are nominated by Heads of School for their achievement, endeavour, attendance and contribution to College life. Successful students are identified at the end of their first year and will receive a bursary of £1,500 paid in three instalments.
Sports and Cultural Scholarships
Sports and cultural scholarships are awarded to students that have exceptional abilities so that they can develop their talents to their full potential. There is a formal application process that is open to all students. Fourteen scholarships of £500 are available and the awards are released subject to a successful report from the students Head of School.
There are also six Elite Sporting Bursaries for top performing athletes. To be eligible to apply for the award students will need to be performing at a regional or International level. Each award of £1,500 and will be paid in instalments over three terms.
The College is supported by three charitable trusts that make awards recognising academic achievement and students that have overcome adversity to progress their leaning.
This trust was set up in in memory of Haulfryn Thomas and her husband Dr D A Thomas, who following a suggestion from the National Union of Miners set up a progressive GP practice in the Dulais Valley. This practice was known as the Haulfryn Clinic. To be eligible for this £500 prize students have to:
- Live in the Dulais and Neath Valleys – Crynant, Glynneath, Banwen, Seven Sisters, Pant -y Ffordd, Dyffryn Cellwen and Onllwyn
- Progress to Higher Education
William Lewis Jones Mathematics Prize
This prize is from a trust established to commemorate Willian Lewis Jones who was Head of Maths at the former Neath Grammar School. The award of £500 is presented to the best performing maths student who goes on to Higher Education though the student does not have to be studying maths at this level.
Saraswati Trust Prize
This trust is named after the Hindu Goddess of Knowledge and was set up in 2007 following a donation by an anonymous benefactor. The prize recognises and rewards students that have shown exceptional commitment to study and progress or who have overcome adversity. This is not a cash prize but can provide support to cover the cost of course materials, the cost of travel and accommodation to attend summer schools, taster courses, work placements in the UK and abroad and specialist equipment. The criteria for eligibility are:
- First year students intending to progress to a second year course or intend to progress from a discrete one-year course to an advanced course within the College
- Students in receipt of EMA
- Students who have shown commitment and progress or who have overcome personal difficulties to continue their learning.
You Can Make a Difference – Get Involved and Have Your Say
Students get involved in how the college is run in lots of different ways. There are, learner surveys, the Student Union, becoming a Student Representative, taking part in the annual St David’s Day student conference and Vocaleyes our online discussion platform