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Welcome to your Student Union

Run by students for students, the John Ruskin College Student Union is here to represent the student voice in the College.

The Student Union (SU) serves as a channel of communication between the student body and the College Senior Leadership Team. This helps evolve the College experience for all, ensuring students' views and opinions are included every step of the way. The SU also supports the local community through the voluntary work they do and causes they support. 

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Meet your Student Union Representatives

John Ruskin College Student Union President Elizabeth
Meet Elizabeth - Student Union President

Hi, I’m Elizabeth, your SU President 2021/22 and I study Health and Social Care Level 3. I put myself forward for this role as I wanted to ensure that students studying with us have the best College experience. I am here to represent the views and voices of our student body and be at the forefront of making a difference within our College and the local community. 


John Ruskin College Student Union Vice-President Emily

Meet Emily - Student Union Vice-President

Hello, I’m Emily, your SU Vice-President 2021/22 and I study Health and Social Care Level 3. Engage with the Student Union to become part of the wider community, you will have the opportunity to take part in activities and support local charities! If you would like to hear more about what we're working on join our fortnightly meetings at the Activity Hub!


Student President Self Nomination - NOW OPEN

It's that time again! When we look for a new Student Union President and Vice-President to continue the growth and work of the Student Union. Students need to complete a self-nomination form by midday on Friday 27 May 2022. 

Nominations will be checked by the Vice Principal for Quality, Innovation, and Student Experience to make sure students meet the criteria. Voting will take place week commencing Monday 6 June, with more details to follow. 

Think you've got what it takes? Place your nomination now!


How does the Student Union work?
  • The Student Union representatives are elected by John Ruskin College students via an election process.
  • The successful candidate is then appointed as Student Union President (Student Governor) for the academic year.
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  • The Student Union Vice-President is also appointed and is a designated Student Governor. They attend meetings when the President is unable to.
  • The Student Union President meets regularly with the Chief Executive, Principal, and Director of Governance and also attends the Corporation board and Learning & Quality Committee meetings.
Aims & Responsibilities

Becoming a Student Union representative is worthwhile and rewarding for those who want to make a positive difference to the College. Student Union representatives voice the opinions and thoughts of the student body to senior management on projects, initiatives and strategy. The Student Voice is vital to the running of the College at all levels. 

Our Student Union President (Student Governor) attends meetings of the College’s Corporation and Committee meeting to ensure the views of students are represented at the College’s highest decision-making level.

Aims of the Student Union
  • To strengthen the community spirit within the College
  • To promote the College's position in the local community
  • To ensure the student body has a running voice throughout the College. 
The Student Union's responsibilities include
  • Fundraising for charity and extra facilities for students
  • Raising students’ issues and concerns at College Corporation and College Board meetings
  • Organising social events, such as the Freshers' Fair.
  • Organising charity and awareness days
Useful student resources

The Careers Hub has loads of useful resources to help you with figuring out your next steps.

Check out the Skills-o-meter Quiz or the Career-o-meter!

Our Wellbeing Hub contains useful information, resources and tips for maintaining your mental health and wellbeing. You can also find out what wellbeing support is available at the College. 

We work closely with Enrichment and Wellbeing Officer to put together really fun activities throughout the academic year.

Check out our Activity Programme and get involved! 

Get involved & have your say!

If you're a student at John Ruskin College we want YOU to get involved!

Connect with us on social media

By following our social media accounts you'll be able to keep up to date with what we've been up to. Be sure to follow, like, comment and share our posts via our channels!

Submit student views

You can use your student voice to provide suggestions to our Student Union representatives in the following ways:

Complete the form below:


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Address: John Ruskin College, Selsdon Park Road, South Croydon, CR2 8JJ

Phone: 020 8651 1131 / Email: