Grŵp Llandrillo Menai held its fifth learner conference this week as part of its ‘Learner Voice’ strategy, affording student union presidents and class representatives from all three member colleges the chance to feedback their thoughts on a wide range of topics to senior management.

Over 100 students attended the learner conference, which was held at Friars Hall, Coleg Menai, Bangor. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is an umbrella organisation that oversees the operation of the three member colleges: Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai & Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

The event began with a series of introductory speeches by Dafydd Evans, CEO, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, followed by the student union presidents and special guests. Luminaries included Dr Sara Hammond-Rowley from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, along with spoken word poet, writer and creative educator, Martin Daws.

The students were given two tasks to complete on the day. Task one dealt with the subject of well-being, where students were asked to consider five ways to achieve it: ‘take notice’, ‘connect’, ‘be active’, ‘keep learning’ and ‘give’, before discussing their effectiveness.

Task two centred on how the students can improve their own well-being and the support that is available to them across the three colleges. The students also discussed ideas on the additional therapies that they could engage with at college.

The student union presidents – Charlotte Till (Coleg Menai), Jacob Jones (Coleg Llandrillo) and Rabia Ali (Coleg Meirion Dwyfor) – provided feedback from students on several subjects: overall well-being, the resources available on the college’s learner portal (eDRAC) system, life as a student governor, and how to contact the student union presidents more easily with issues and concerns. Dafydd Evans, along with the two college principals, gave their responses in turn.

In her address to the students, Charlotte Till, said: “This learner conference provided the opportunity to explore the meaning of well-being in the context of being a college student. We are always keen to for students to share their experiences with us and let us know how we can help support their state of well-being.”

In a closing statement, Aled Jones-Griffith, principal of both Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said: “We would like to thank everyone present for their hard work and invaluable input, which# has made today’s learner conference a huge success. It has provided a platform for senior management to listen to what support students are accessing and how we can add to our services.”