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Students’ Union visits partner university in Bulgaria to highlight the importance of the student voice



​Students’ Union staff, Amy Campbell, Phillip Smith, Bradley Woolridge and Stefan Kelly exploring Varna.

Cardiff Met Students’ Union recently travelled to Varna University of Management (VUM) in Bulgaria – a partner institution with 100 students studying Cardiff School of Management courses – to  share best practice about recognising students’ opinions.

During the visit, the Students’ Union participated in a press conference about the student voice. The event was attended by Bulgarian national media, VUM staff and students as well as staff from other universities in Bulgaria. At the conference, Cardiff Met SU explained the representation structure at Cardiff Met and took part in discussions with staff and students on how the SU can offer support.  

Stefan Kelly, the President of Cardiff Met Students’ Union said about the visit, “The trip proved to be an extremely valuable and productive visit not just us but for the students and staff at the institution.

Having the chance to share our experiences about the importance of the student voice through a press conference and presentation, and then conducting a feedback session with the staff and students allowed them to experience how the student voice can be expressed in a constructive manner.

We were also extremely happy to bounce ideas around with their newly re-established student council, and share how we operate as a Students’ Union in Cardiff to help them establish means in which they can grow and really capture the student voice within their institution.”

Alongside Stefan, the Students’ Union Vice-President, Bradley Woolridge attended the visit along with other SU staff – Development Assistant, Amy Campbell and Partnership Intern, Phillip Smith.

With around 7,000 students studying at partner universities all over the world, Cardiff Met’s SU is there to support and represent all students across the globe.

The Students’ Union aims to further link its students studying in Cardiff with those studying abroad. Later this term, it will create videos featuring Cardiff Met-based student reps sharing their university experience with all partner students. Partner institutions will be invited to reciprocate.