> Colin Offler’s monthly WesternEye update

It’s that time of year again where every Facebook status refers to stress, exams or dissertations! Best of luck and I hope they’ve all run smoothly.
It’s also that time of year where we look to say goodbye to old friends as people disappear into a harsh job market after years of university life.
To everyone leaving I wish you all the best and hope you take with you invaluable memories of your time at UWE.

We’re also saying goodbye to Terry, Nadia and Gail! So much of whose hard work many will never see nor fully appreciate. I want to take this opportunity to thank them all for their support this year.

This coming year I step up to the responsibilities of Students’ Union President in a tough year for our Students’ Union, for our members and for students across the country. The change in Higher Education funding and cuts from central Government leave us with much to fight for. UWE and UWESU share one value which I will strive to defend this coming year. Fair access and widening participation are at the heart of our values and these values must be enhanced in a time where the Government have attacked Higher Education with prospective students now facing triple the tuition fees we are paying as current students.

It’s crucial that we don’t lose sight of what we hope to achieve here at UWE too. It’s our duty as Presidents of the Students’ Union to amplify your voice and demand better. Better academic standards, better learning spaces, better support for sports, societies and communities, better transport provision, better technologies, greater employability prospects and support for students when you need it most. Enjoy summer, relax, and I look forward to welcoming you back for another huge UWE year.

Colin Offler