GRŴP Llandrillo Menai’s student union has been named “best in Wales” for the fourth consecutive time at the annual NUS Wales Awards ceremony in Cardiff.

The Further Education Student Union of the Year award nationally recognises the college union’s continued work in its campaigning activities, engaging with thousands of learners across 12 campuses and four counties.

The judging panel highlighted the range, effectiveness and inclusivity of the union’s campaigns over the last year, and praised Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Student Union’s dedication in supporting charities and communities in North Wales.


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Not only did it win the Further Education Student Union of the Year award, the student union was also shortlisted for four other awards in direct competition with large-scale universities.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s student union presidents – one for each of its colleges of Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor – collectively announced: “We are so proud of the amazing work that we have done this year: improving student wellbeing, championing LGBTQ+ rights, and working towards a more sustainable future.

“Everyone has done such an amazing job, and we can see the work that we have initiated continuing long into the future.

“It's fantastic that this work has been recognised by NUS Wales and we have won FE Student Union of the Year for the fourth consecutive time.”

The college group’s learner services manager, Lisa Johnson, said: “I am so proud of the tireless work of our student union.

“Their can-do attitude has enabled them to achieve great things for our students this year. I am delighted that their work has been recognised by NUS Wales.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to work alongside them.”

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai was also shortlisted for the Liberation and Equality Award; the Community and Solidarity Award; the Staff Member of the Year Award, and the Student Group of the Year.