ECSA named Scotland’s best

Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) is celebrating after winning top honour of College Students’ Association of the Year at the NUS (National Union of Students) Scotland Awards.

ECSA won the main prize in the NUS Scotland Awards for its work over the last year to support Edinburgh College students.

It beat City of Glasgow College and University of the Highlands and Islands’ students’ associations, which were also shortlisted for College Students’ Association of the Year.

Al Wilson, ECSA director, said:

We’re all very humbled and proud. We couldn’t have done it without the cracking team of officers and staff. It also wouldn’t have been possible without all the amazing support and involvement we get from class reps, students and college staff, who help us build a strong students’ association.

The team picked up its prize at the NUS Scotland Awards ceremony at the student organisation’s annual conference in Dundee. ECSA’s communications and events coordinator, Graham Smith, was also shortlisted in the Staff Member of the Year category.
Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said:

This honour was richly deserved and I’m proud that our student team is getting this recognition for everything it’s done. ECSA has continued to develop in its achievements and professionalism, and is a very fine foil to the college. The sabbatical officers and permanent staff have done excellent things over the last year.

ECSA is a truly collaborative partner and this means the student perspective is always central in any college decision making. Well done to everyone involved in ECSA’s success and I’m sure there will be more to come.

Among ECSA’s achievements that led to the award are a new strategic plan and a revamped class representative system, meaning a better support structure for students.
As well as being named the country’s best college students’ association, ECSA also picked up a runner-up prize at the SPARQS (student partnerships in quality Scotland) Award. This was for its part in the Learner Engagement Framework project, a collaboration with the college to improve how student feedback is recorded and acted upon.