Breaknish stu­dent rep­re­sents col­lege at Holy­rood event

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A STU­DENT from Skye acted as an am­bas­sador for a High­land col­lege in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment re­cently.

Emma MacLeod, from Break­ish, rep­re­sented West High­land Col­lege UHI when she trav­elled with the col­lege’s stu­dent li­ai­son of­fi­cer Les­ley Hel­lon to Holy­rood last month.

As part of the trip, Emma took part in a con­fer­ence en­ti­tled ‘Your Scot­tish par­lia­ment’, which was at­tended by around 110 col­lege stu­dents, aged be­tween 16 and 19 years, from across Scot­land.

Dur­ing the morn­ing ses­sion, Emma and her peers were hosted by pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Ken McIntosh MSP in the Par­lia­ment Cham­ber where they heard pre­sen­ta­tions on a range of top­ics in­clud­ing mov­ing from school to col­lege and how to tackle bul­ly­ing. Stu­dents were also en­cour­aged to con­trib­ute their com­ments to the dis­cus­sion.

Emma who stud­ies child health and so­cial care said: ‘The work­shops were based around bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment, mov­ing from school to col­lege and vot­ing and elec­tions. I was able to raise all con­cerns and ques­tions I had such as trans­porta­tion and IT is­sues in re­mote ar­eas and the fund­ing dif­fer­ence be­tween over and un­der 18-year- olds.’

Emma said she en­joyed meet­ing other stu­dents who had sim­i­lar thoughts and feel­ings to her but also re­alised some had not been as lucky to re­ceive the level of sup­port she has en­joyed at col­lege.

She added: ‘I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend this ex­pe­ri­ence to any stu­dent who is given the op­por­tu­nity as it was a brilliant day see­ing the par­lia­ment build­ing, be­ing in the front row seats of the de­bat­ing cham­ber, at­tend­ing work­shops and meet­ing some of the lead­ing MPs in Scot­land.’

Myra McCabe, head of stu­dent sup­port at the col­lege, com­mented: ‘We are delighted Emma felt she could act as an am­bas­sador from the col­lege and I know she pro­vided ex­cel­lent feed­back to them on var­i­ous stu­dent is­sues.’

Les­ley Hel­lon and Emma MacLeod at the ‘ Your Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’ con­fer­ence in March.

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