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Students' Union

The Sheffield College Students' Union represents every student at the college, both locally and nationally. They represent your views to the college executive team, managers and staff led by a team of democratically elected students who meet regularly to voice, and act upon, your feedback.

Students' Union

Find out more about the Students' Union

All students at The Sheffield College are members of the National Union of Students (NUS) through the college’s Students’ Union. The union works together with The Sheffield College to empower and support all students at the college, as well as aiming to provide services alongside those provided by the college and host events, stalls and campaigns to gain awareness of issues we believe to be important.

The union is led each year by a team of students who are elected into ‘officer’ roles. The officers are supported by staff to plan and run these events, campaigns and extracurriculars activities.

Over the past few years the Students' Union have done a lot! After a successful relaunch in 2012 they have placed equality at the forefront of all they do, including:

  • introducing Liberation Officers
  • creating an LGBT Charter for students - the first ever in an FE college!
  • working to defeat discrimination and stigma attached to mental health
  • joined the NUS in campaigning against cuts to Disabled Students Allowances
  • running the #NotOn campaign to emphasise the zero tolerance we have towards sexual harassment and violence in all areas of society
  • playing an active part in getting students from The Sheffield College involved in the Student Commission on Racial Justice and working with them to act on their findings

We’ve also won a few awards along the way:

  • President in 2012-13, Barbara Ntumy won the NUS Black Achievers Award for Equality in Education
  • Ben Walters (former Vice President) won the NUS LGBT Campaigner of the Year Award 2014
  • runner-Up to the NUS FE Union of the Year 2014

In 2015 the Students' Union worked with Sheffield University Students’ Union and Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union on numerous green projects like 'Sheffield on a Plate' and 'The Big Stew', promoting sustainability and green living. The union also worked to ensure that students were registered to vote in the 2015 General Election. One of their biggest achievements was to sign The Sheffield College up to the 'Time to Change' pledge, committing both the college and the union to ending mental health discrimination.

In 2019/20 the Students' Union have focused on promoting LGBTQ+ rights across the college, raising awareness of knife crime and have been heavily active in the Association of College's "Love Our Colleges" campaign.

In 2021/2022 the Students’ Union reached out to Sexual Health Sheffield to get them to come onto campus and offer free advice and resources to students. They also carried out training with college staff and provided information about their services and free contraception to students at the college.

Because of their affiliation to the National Union of Students, students of The Sheffield College are eligible to buy an NUS Totum card, which costs only £24.99 for three whole years! Totum card carriers will have access to hundreds of discounts and offers at shops, restaurants and online retailers.

You can check out the full range of offers and purchase your card on the Totum website, or by downloading their free mobile app.

Testimonial Yosh Kosminsky

“I'm delighted to have been able to support LGBTQ+ students at The Sheffield College and empower them to create the spaces they want and need.”

Yosh Kosminsky
Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care student