Breaknish student represents college at Holyrood event
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.