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Students’ Union

Your union, your voice

Your Student Governors

The Cornwall College Board of Governors comprises twenty governors including the Chief Executive Officer and Principal, student and staff members. Governors are collectively responsible for determining the strategic direction of the College and oversight of its activities as well as ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and safeguarding its assets.

Representing your views are two student governors, voted for by students:

Toby Duffield

Toby Duffield

FE Student Governor

Hi, I’m Toby Duffield, a first-year student at Duchy Stoke Climsland, studying a level 3 Diploma in Military and Protective Services.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am one of the two Student Governors representing the Cornwall College Group and I hope in this bio you can learn a bit about me, what I stand for and mostly why I wanted to be the Student Governor.

Firstly, I was born in Cornwall and have been a part of the Army Cadet Force since I was 12, hence my aspiration to become a part of the Armed Forces as an officer in The King’s Troop. I currently live with my dad in Cornwall but stay in residential accommodation within the college due to the amount of traveling.

Why did I choose this college for the course I’m taking?  I chose this college as it had the best reputation for this course and I have no regrets on my decision.  However hard the course may be because it pushes me to my limits every day, it is bringing the best out of me which is preparing me for my future career.

I chose to be a Student Governor as I want to support the positive changes across the colleges and make sure it guarantees the support of the students.  I believe students need to feel happy and comfortable with their learning environment to accomplish the ethos of The Career College and to be able to do that, everyone should have the same equal opportunity as everyone else by being heard.  I hope to help to be a link between governors and the student voice.

Nik Ramsay-Trease

Nik Ramsay-Trease

HE Student Governor

My name is Nik Ramsay-Trease and I’m currently studying for a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling. I have an academic background in Psychology & Neuroscience and throughout my career have had experience of Senior leadership roles in the IT industry. I believe in fostering a growth mindset and champion learning and development in higher education. I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to volunteer as a Student Governor representing HE this year and I am so excited to learn with and from my fellow students over the course of my appointment.

I believe it indispensable that we should all feel safe, valued, empowered, and respected in our place of study, and my hope is that I may be able to use this post to advocate alongside my fellow students as you pursue the aims that matter to you.

Your Students’ Union representatives

The Cornwall College Student Union (CCSU) represents all students across the whole college. All students are automatically members of CCSU and it is one way of having your voice heard at Cornwall College.

The CCSU is run by an elected President and Vice-President who have the support of the Executive Leadership Team.  Your CCSU President and Vice-President are:

Joshua Trew

Joshua Trew

Cornwall College Students’ Union Vice President

Hello, my name is Joshua. I am in my final year at Falmouth Marine School, completing my level 3 Marine Conservation course. My love and connection to both land-based and marine life have been with me for as long as I can remember, being with my parents as we toured the UK (and other places) camping, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving and horse riding which all fed my curiosity.

How did my journey start?  Well, we have always had animals, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, they have always been part of my life, snorkeling around the Cornish coastline with my parents gave me an insight in to the Marine World, this journey developed when I was fortunate enough to experience snorkeling in warmer waters which really fed my imagination and passion for all forms of creatures and habitats.

As I have grown up, I have come to understand the damage we humans have on the natural world and this fueled my drive to do something about it, to become a voice if I could. So, along with deciding my academic path I decided to take an active role as well, became a Shore Ranger with Cornwall Wildlife Trust which led to me becoming a Marine Strandings volunteer where as well as carrying out site surveys, I help train other like-minded people who volunteer,  I’m part of the recovery team and this led to me becoming the youngest member of the Cornwall Pathology Team (of which I am quite proud ).  I’m part of the Sea watch programme, visually monitoring marine wildlife activities as part of a citizen science programme with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Three Bays Wildlife Group (who I also volunteer for) and I’m part of the Shore Watch divers who carry out underwater surveys of the local area.

I also work as a volunteer for the BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue).  I am a qualified Marine Medic and I have the privilege of working to rehabilitate ill and injured seals at the BDLMR’s Triage Hospital.

My path has also led me to become a Snorkeling Instructor with BSAC and at this moment in time, a qualified Rescue Diver with PADI.

I believe that we, as in my generation, need to become not only a voice but an active presence, to stem through education the ever-increasing damage the human race cause to the very thing we can’t survive without.

In working as the CCSU Vice President I feel I can help inspire and educate my fellow students in working proactively within the College and be part of this movement.

Malaika Hailey

Malaika Hailey


Student Union President


Freya Hill

Freya Hill



Want to be involved?

The CCSU exists to represent your voice and to make sure you have a great time while you are a student with us.  Every campus has a Chair and Vice-Chair and a team of elected student officers who work hard all year to ensure that you have a great student experience on campus. This can range from organising clubs and trips to enrichment and fundraising.  Your campus CCSU is also just one of the ways where your voice can be heard to improve your experience and raise any campus issues.

Benefits of being involved

Students who participate in the Student Union gain a massive amount of experience and confidence in organising and achieving as well as making new friends and standing out from the crowd.  Other benefits are:

  • Social interaction
  • Working as part of a team
  • Transferable life skills
  • Looks great on your CV/UCAS application
  • Confidence building
  • Making a difference to your campus and own your own campus budget
  • Social action
  • Being part of change at Cornwall College by Having Your Say!

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