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Students’ Union

Mission Statement and Strategic Aims

‘To work democratically so that all learners have an equal say in decisions that affect their college life, and to advocate on behalf of those learners to represent their interests and views and promote and protect their welfare.
To organise and encourage learners to participate in events and fundraising by offering equal opportunities for all and engaging learners in a fun and inclusive way.’

Representing the students of Barnsley College is at the core of what we do and we are determined to strengthen our activity and impact by engaging an ever wider range of students, ensuring that we are relevant to the needs of all those we represent. Please see our Student Voice page for more information.


A society is set up by students for students and gives you the opportunity to come together with others and practice your interest in a welcoming and fun environment. Find out more about our existing societies and starting your own.

Student Lifestyle

The Students’ Union will strive to be the heartbeat of student life and to provide an environment that is fun to be involved with at any level, in any capacity, by anyone. We also aim to promote and facilitate student involvement and ownership of all student union activities and we will create and facilitate societies where students can feel involved and valued.

Student Democracy

We will provide a democratic decision making structure that enables students to develop their citizenship qualities. We aim to encourage a more diverse and inclusive Student Union committee membership that is truly representative of our student population.

Student Opportunities and Employability

We will provide opportunities for students to develop their employability skills by providing relevant and appropriate volunteering opportunities in your local community. We are committed to students gaining essential work skills.

Student Rights

We will promote and protect the rights of students to access the personal and study support that they require to get the most out of their education. We will campaign for, and on behalf of, the rights of our students.

Student Green and Ethical Aspirations

The Students’ Union will strive to be a green union by empowering students to reduce their environmental impact by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating practical environmental improvements. We hope to be at the forefront of social and environmental campaigning.

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