Aber hosts its first student conference

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY hosted its first Student Conference last week Thursday (30th Jan) at the Arts Centre, entitled “What would you do if you were Vice Chancellor for the day?”.

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Photo – Tomos Nolan

Thought to be the largest of its kind in Britain, around 90 students attended the conference and engaged with policy development sessions which were aimed at putting education issues into the minds of students.

A keynote speech from NUS Wales President Stephanie Lloyd was featured, which largely focused around the consumer model for universities currently substituting satisfaction for learning. In addition, Lloyd spoke highly of the course representative position within educational institutions, referring to them as the “backbone of NUS Wales”.

Another feature of the conference program included skills sessions such as “Leading and Managing Teams” and “Understanding your Leadership Potential”. The day concluded with a panel discussion on what the student body could potentially look like in 2017. Glesni Hemming, Aber SU’s Senior Student Advisor, attracted praise for her discussion on where international students would fit into the market and the differentiating that they might have.

The panel, chaired by conference organiser and SU Education Officer Grace Burton, also included Stephanie Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor Rebecca Davies, and InterPol PHD student Sarah Jamal.