Your questions answered by the Students’ Union President, Alex Newton

Students' Union President, Alex Newton

“Hi, I’m Alex and I’m the Students’ Union President! It’s great to see you’re interested in the Students’ Union. Our Officers are there to insure that we make your experience as good as possible whilst you’re part of one of the best colleges in the UK.

“I get asked a number of key questions, so hopefully these will be helpful and answer your enquiries. However, if they don’t please email or visit our Facebook page: @barnsleySU

Q. How do I join the Students’ Union?
A. When you enrol to the College you automatically become a member of the Student’s Union.

Q. What are the benefits of being involved in the Students’ Union?
A. Being actively involved in the Students’ Union is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make a positive impact in and around the College. On a daily basis, students come to the Student’s Union and ask questions or tell what things they would like to change about the College. Being a part of the Union, you have the ability and resources to make those changes happen.

It also looks great on your CV and it shows employers you are responsible and able to complete tasks to great standard. It allows you to develop transferable skills and you get the opportunity to meet lots of different people and have a say in the amazing events that are organised throughout the year!

Q. What skills will I learn and develop by being involved in the Students’ Union?
A. You’ll learn a range of transferable skills, such as communication, being able to work within a team and making decision making; which will help in the work place.

Q. Why did you decide to study at Barnsley College?
A. Barnsley College offered many things that suited my style of learning. It has lots of facilities and people to help you in your journey to getting your qualifications, such as libraries, computers, and highly regarded members of staff, support schemes and many other amazing things!

The tutors are the best of the best. They really care about the students’ experience and they support you to reach your full potential both academically and on a personal level. They offer 1:1 chats if you have any questions personal or College related. The tutors truly care about you as an individual and for me that was a key point in my decision to choose Barnsley College.

Q. What do you enjoy the most about College?
A. It’s a fun environment to learn in, lots of courses to choose from and opportunities to grow as a person.

There are lots of great events all year round, including the amazing Christmas events! The College has a very friendly environment and when I walk round and see lots of happy people, it indicates this is a wonderful College to join. This was shown in the 2019/2020 NSS (National Student Survey), where we achieved 88% overall student satisfaction, giving the College the best results in South Yorkshire College.


Last updated: 10th February 2021