UWE students put their voices at heart of government

Issue date: 12 February 2009

Lord Tony Young with UWE students Students had the chance to take their views to the top today when Lord Tony Young, Minister for Students visited the University of the West of England. Lord Young met students to discuss a range of issues affecting them as part of a national student listening programme.

The programme, aims to give England's 2.3 million university students a voice at the heart of Government with a series of visits by the Minister for Students to university campuses up and down the country. Today Lord Young arrived in Bristol and had the opportunity to hear directly from students on a range of issues affecting student life and how it might be improved.

Lord Young said: “The University of the West of England is home to more than 27,000 students and I am delighted to be meeting a number of them as part of this visit as this is a real opportunity for open discussion.

“The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' Ministerial team have been engaging with students up and down the country to hear for ourselves, first hand, their concerns, aspirations and experiences. Students are better able than anyone to tell us what's going right in the higher education system and what needs to be done better.”

Professor Steve West, the University's Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that Lord Young has chosen to speak to our students. The University is well known for excellent teaching and research as well as our engagement with employers. We take the student experience very seriously and work closely with the Students' Union to support our diverse student community. We are proud of our students, and their achievements, and this is an excellent opportunity for them to share their views and experiences of Higher Education at the highest level.”


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