Student Life


Life at college often revolves around the Students’ Union – and at Coleg Gwent, you’ve got a multiple award-winning one!

When you enrol at the college you automatically become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) and can access the Students’ Union facilities and services. You can also get access to a whole range of discounts both on the high street and online, through the TOTUM NUS Extra card.

CGSU represents your views in the college and outside, campaigns on issues affecting students, offers support with any issues you may have and runs training events to help Students’ Union officers.

As part of the Students’ Union you can become involved in all sorts of ways, giving you the chance to:

  • Represent students at NUS conferences
  • Meet new people
  • Make positive changes in the college and nationally
  • Gain new skills and experiences
  • Enhance your CV

SU First Officer

Vanessa Janes-Evans is your full time First Officer. Her role is to encourage you to get involved, help you take part in extra-curricular activities, support and lead the SU on each campus, promote equality and diversity and help set up clubs and societies.

If you’re looking for fun and excitement while you’re at college, CG Extra is for you! It offers dedicated, timetabled slots for a wide range of activities alongside your studies, and gives you the chance to make new friends at the same time.

Just some of the activities you can get involved with, include:

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Clubs and societies
  • Fundraising and volunteering
  • Events and competitions
  • Sporting events
  • Enterprise activities to improve employability skills
  • Health promotion
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Equality and diversity events to promote equal opportunity
  • Cash4Change scheme to develop citizenship skills

If you’ve got any ideas or suggestions for new activities, just let us know at induction!

As a student, you’ll get the chance to have a say in assessing and shaping your experience while you’re at college. We believe it’s vitally important to listen to our learners – so much so, we’ve won various awards for it!

Getting involved and telling us your views helps make a difference to what we offer our students, and we listen through various channels:

  • Class representatives
  • Students’ Union
  • Student Governors and Community Partnerships
  • Student membership of college boards, committees and groups
  • Learner Voice conference
  • Cash4Change – where students can bid for money to make changes at their campus
  • Community Education forum