Colin Gibson is ready to face the challenges of higher tuition fees when he takes up his role as the new President of the Students’ Union at Edge Hill University.

The 22-year-old who is originally from Kendal and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Geography, won the elections earlier this year and will take up his new post in July.

He will focus on employability ensuring that students gain as much experience as possible from work placements as he sees these as crucial in a very competitive jobs market given the current economic climate.

His vision is to make sure that students receive value for money and he wants to make sure that they get the most out of their time at Edge Hill.

Talking about one of his ideas, he explained: “The Students’ Union this year wants to work alongside the University to help students set up societies. We currently have around 20 but would love to see this grow. Subject-based societies for example are a great chance for students to get together, socialise, revise and generally increase the integration between classmates. It’s also great for students to put on their CV’s to say they have helped set up a society, or that they have even been president of one.”

Later library opening hours are also on Colin’s agenda and he has already helped to set the wheels in motion for this as it is currently being looked at in light of successful trials earlier this year.

Colin, who is currently Vice-President, is really looking forward to taking up his new post in the summer and said: “I’m delighted that I was elected to the role. When I first joined the SU I didn’t set out to become President but once I started getting involved I really got a taste for it and feel that I can bring new ideas to the table to improve the Edge Hill University experience. It’s going to be a challenge for us all but I’m really looking forward to it and with new people on board I think we can really work together to create an even better place to study.” 

Congratulating Colin on his new role, outgoing SU President Dean Currall said: “It’s been a great year for me, we had the demo in London, a very successful AGM which shows that we are engaging with students and there have been lots of positive changes. One of my ambitions when I was elected was to change the way assessment and feedback is given, and this has happened, which is good to see. We are seen to be more dynamic as a Union and willing to help our students as much as possible.

“From my point of view I’ve learnt so much and I feel that I’m more equipped to go on to do bigger and better things with the leadership and management skills I have gained. I’m pleased that Colin will be taking over the helm as I’m sure he’ll carry on the good work and take the SU forward.”