Freshers’ Weeks Guide – Digital Edition


Freshers’ Weeks is soon approaching with the first event starting next Monday! We’ve been working hard on creating a Freshers’ Guide booklet which will be your perfect companion for Freshers’ Weeks 2014 at Hull College. The Guidebook covers both weeks of events, the Higher Education and the Further Education weeks. But remember, all students can visit any events on both weeks!!

Keep your eye out on Freshers’ Guide booklets around the college campus next Thursday as well, feel free to pick one up or alternatively pick up an official goodie bag for a copy!

To download a copy of Freshers’ Guide click on “Download Now” below, or alternatively view it in your browser.

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HCSU Elections 16/17 – Get Voting!



On Monday 29th February 2016 the applications for the Student Union elections officially closed and we received a fantastic response from students’ in Hull, Goole and Harrogate College. Below are the positions and the candidate’s name – in the coming day we will be publishing individual profiles of the candidates along with their manifestos.

Candidate’s campaigns officially began on Monday 7th March 2016, and voting opens on Monday 14th March 2016 at 10AM.

Deklan Hinchcliffe
VP Goole
Rhianna Thorndike

Anna Kacare

Beth Powell

VP Harrogate
No Applications – automatic re-open nominations
Enterprise Officer
No Applications – automatic re-open nominations
Events Officer
Lloyd Haytack
E&D Officer
Ester Rehema Es
Promotions and Marketing Officer
Maya-Re Jagger
Sports and Societies Officer
Courtney Spence


Calling all returning HE students – Senior Rep jobs available now

The Students’ Union and Hull College Group are pleased to announce a brand new role as part of our new representative structures in Higher Education.

Senior Reps will support the roles of course reps with their faculty and will represent the views of students on Higher Education Committees.

This is a great opportunity to shape the work of the Hull College Group and improve the student experience. Successful candidates will receive full training from the Students’ Union and will receive a £100 honorarium plus a discounted NUS Extra card.

Find Out More

Become a Course Rep


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  • make positive changes to your course and the college
  • gain valuable skills
  • receive training from the Students’ Union
  • be part of a community of representatives across the Hull College Group
  • make a real difference and improve the student experience

Elections for course rep will be taking place in your classes over the next few weeks so don’t miss out! 


HCSU Elections 2015 – RESULTS

Connor Halls (Events), Lee Pearson (President), Jennifer Megson (Enterprise) and Lloyd Haytack (Sports & Societies)

The HCSU Elections 2015 officially closed 3PM yesterday and we’re excited to announce the results! Please see below for the official election results statement from Lottie Thompson, Returning Officer for HCSU. We will be following this post on with introductory posts from each elected officer.

Following the Hull College Students’ Union Election yesterday I am pleased to announce the following results:

Lee Pearson 106 votes
Re-open Nominations 21 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

Vice-President Goole:
Stephen Masih Firdous 89 votes
Re-open Nominations 38 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

Vice-President Harrogate:
Emily Milburn 107 votes
Re-open Nominations 20 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

Enterprise Officer:
Jennifer Megson 97 votes
Re-open Nominations 30 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

Events Officer:
Connor Halls 55 votes
Brendan Townend 45 votes
Re-open Nominations 27 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

Promotions and Marketing Officer:
Stuart Blackmore 88 votes
Re-open Nominations 39 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

Sports and Societies Officer:
Lloyd Haytack 101 votes
Re-open Nominations 26 votes
Spoiled Votes 0

I can therefore confirm that:

  • Lee Pearson is elected to the role of President
  • Stephen Masih Firdous is elected to the role of Vice-President Goole
  • Emily Milburn is elected to the role of Vice-President Harrogate
  • Jennifer Megson is elected to the role of Enterprise Officer
  • Connor Halls is elected to the role of Events Officer
  • Stuart Blackmore is elected to the role of Promotions and Marketing Officer
  • Lloyd Haytack is elected to the role of Sports and Societies Officer

The new officers will commence in post from July 2015 and I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on their successful campaigns.

Thank you to everyone who supported the elections and helped improve voter participation.

Lottie Thompson

Returning Officer

How To Claim Your Free Microsoft Office For Coursework


HCUK has recently implemented Microsoft’s Office 365 into the college network, this enables students & staff to claim the Microsoft Office suite free of charge whilst you’re studying at Hull College Group – this includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access for Mac and Windows!

Login and Download

  1. Go to
  2. In the username field enter your student ID followed by the college address. For example – “”
  3. You will then be re-directed to another login page.
  4. Now enter your username (without address) and college password.
  5. If successful, you will then be re-directed to a download page.
  6. Click “Install Now” button as displayed below.install
  7. Then proceed through the installation.
  8. If prompted for login details again. Use the username from step 2 and your college password.
  9. Well Done! You’ve now got a free subscription of Microsoft Office while you a student in Hull College Group!

HCSU Introduces the Creative Award


The Students’ Union Award for Creative Writing is a newly introduced SU competition which this year is focusing on promoting equality and diversity at the college group through creative and imaginative written works that captures and focuses the reader on a message relating to equality and diversity. The winners will win £40 worth of online shopping vouchers, a glass award and work published across the college group. All entries will be reviewed and selected out of third, second and first by a panel of SU and HCUK staff.

Any written work demonstrated through a story, poem and vocal is accepted, and the judges will be looking for high-quality writing, stories that demonstrate originality, imagination and creativity, and writers who can capture the reader and hold their attention.


All written entries must be handed into your library on campus, or sent in plain text below by the 1st May 2015.

Fields marked with a * are required.

Your Student ID (Username) will be used to discover your personal information which you entered during enrollment. For this reason no name or further information is required at this stage.

Leave Your Mark: Take part in the National Student Survey 2015

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2nd February sees the launch of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 at Hull College Group. Entering its eleventh year, the NSS is your opportunity to give your opinions on what you liked about your time on your course at Hull College Group, as well as things that you felt could have been improved.

The NSS is an annual survey of mostly final year undergraduates in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. It is a high profile annual census of nearly half a million students across the UK, which gives students a powerful collective voice to help shape the future of both their course and university or college.

The survey is part of a Higher Education quality assurance system to generate more detailed public information about teaching quality. It is widely recognised as an authoritative measure of student satisfaction and as such the results are highly visible on Key Information Sets (KIS) and on Unistats, and often reported in the media. It has helped to build a broader picture of the quality of higher education in the UK and has made it possible to monitor trends over time. The NSS is commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Ipsos MORI, an independent research company, conducts the survey.

The questions allow you to provide feedback on a range of topics, relating to six aspects of your learning experience, including what you thought about the Academic Support you received during your studies and how you felt about the Organisation and Management of your course. You will also be asked about your overall student satisfaction and satisfaction with your students’ union, association or guild. There is space at the end for any positive and/or negative comments you have about your experience if you wish to expand on anything. What did you think about the teaching on your course? Were you satisfied with the way cancelled lectures were communicated? What were your thoughts on the advice and support available through your course? Were resources available? Write it down and let us know!

You are eligible for the NSS if you are a Higher Education final year undergraduate or are on a flexible part-time programme. If your final year cannot easily be predicted, you will be surveyed during your fourth year of study. If you were due to be in your fourth/final year in 2015 but have withdrawn or are repeating your penultimate year, you are also eligible to take part.



Student feedback provides institutions with a clear picture of what the learning experience was like for those completing their course in that year. Institutions and students’ unions examine the anonymised NSS data internally to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. This information can be used to help effect changes designed to enhance or improve the student experience for both current and prospective students. More widely, the NSS informs the Higher Education Quality Assurance System to generate information about teaching quality.

Hull College Group has been participating in the NSS for 3 years and as a result of listening to what former students had to say, the following changes have been implemented at Hull College Group:

  • We installed higher specification computers for specialist courses which required them.
  • You wanted more academic support, so the HE Learning Mentor is now working full-time in Hull & Harrogate College.
  • You wanted better library resource, so we set out plans for more funding.
  • You wanted more social spaces, so we improved the High Street Common Room and opened a new social room for Higher Education students in the Digital and Climate Centre.
  • You wanted better internet access, so we increased the availability of the college network across all sites.


During the first week of February eligible Higher Education students from Hull, Goole and Harrogate College will be sent an invitation email to complete the survey by Ipsos MORI. Later non-respondents may be contacted by post or ultimately by telephone, so fill it in early to avoid further reminders.

You can complete the NSS online or via a mobile device at at any time from 12 January 2015 to 30 April 2015. You may opt out of the survey at any point during fieldwork.

Alternatively, you can find a member of the Students’ Union team at the NSS Hub in the HE Centre! We’ll be there from 9AM-4PM weekdays with any questions, or we’ll get you started on a survey using one of our computers or tablets!

If you want further information of the National Student Survey – please don’t hesitate to contact us!