Videos sell candidates in election

VOTED IN ... South Tyneside College students Anna Kennedy, 17, and Jed Calcutt, 18.

VOTED IN ... South Tyneside College students Anna Kennedy, 17, and Jed Calcutt, 18.

TWO students really had to put voters in the picture to win prestigious roles at South Tyneside College.

Jed Calcutt, 18, and Anna Kennedy, 17 – the new president and vice-president of the Student Union – filmed their ideas on how to improve learner life.

And their concise, suggestion-packed performances were the best from 10 recorded by students aiming for union positions and posted on the college’s website to be voted on by their peers.

The pair’s suggestions included better social networks for overseas students, promoting benefits of higher education, getting staff and youngsters involved in Cancer Research UK’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser, and aiming for better transport links to and from college.

So impressive were the videos, that they won the ballot and will now sit at the union’s helm for the next 12 months, promoting the voice of students while on the board of governors, and organising social events and activities.

Second-year professional cookery course student Jed, of Boswell Avenue, Biddick Hall, admits he expected to do well after catching his name being whispered as he walked around the college’s Westoe campus in South Shields.

He said: “I could hear people saying I would be good for president, I’d catch them saying it as I walked past, which was very nice.

“There’s a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, but I’ve had support from students and now I want to support them.”

Anna, a second-year English literature and language student, from Westoe, South Shields, said she was surprised but delighted to be elected.

She added: “I was on the pupil council at my former school, and I’ve always wanted to be involved with the union, as it does such good work.

“I really want to make a difference. Any position would have been good.”

Alexandra Richards, the college’s Student Services co-ordinator, said their videos had impressed, and added: “Both have already supported students by being class representatives last year, meaning they were already well known to many at the college.

“I’m very confident that they will represent other students very well – and the union is in safe hands.”

They replace Scott Arundel, 19, and Nina Foggin, 18, who previously held the positions.

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