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Posted: 27/07/17

A president’s fond farewell

West Nottinghamshire College’s out-going president of the Students’ Union (SU), Marc Jones, held a humorous and happy farewell gathering this month, which saw VIP guests join him in a celebration of his work and efforts.

  • (Left to right) Simon Blake, Marc Jones, Cllr Kevin Brown, Ben Bradley and seated is Emily Chapman
  • Colleagues from across the college came to wish Marc well
  • People who have worked with Marc gave both humorous and touching tributes

Marc, from Forest Town, Mansfield, proudly highlighted the achievement of his goals and targets amongst friends and colleagues at his leaving party following his one-year term in office as president.

Joining Marc at his farewell celebration at the Derby Road campus, Mansfield, was the town’s newly-elected MP Ben Bradley, who said: “At a recent tour of the college with Marc, it was great to see his passion for the place and see the results of his projects. He and his team have done incredibly well over the last year.

“West Notts has a huge part to play in the regeneration of this area and the college is constantly providing opportunities and skills for people to get on in life. I’m a big supporter of the college and am looking forward to working with it more.

“I hope that Marc can continue to be involved in college life and the local community and I wish him well with his future ventures.”

Also joining in the celebration was chairman of Mansfield District Council Cllr Kevin Brown, chief executive of the National Union of Students (NUS) Simon Blake, NUS vice-president for Further Education, Emily Chapman, members of the college's executive team, governors and many of Marc’s colleagues.

Before becoming SU president, Marc was a painting and decorating student at the college, as well as being a learner representative for his curriculum area. He took on the SU role following the completion of his studies. Marc also served as chair of the student LGBT group, Connected, for a period.

He said: "I've really enjoyed my time here and it’s really increased my confidence.  I would never have dreamed of speaking in public before, but now it's much easier and enjoyable. I’ve made some fabulous friends at this college.

"It's made me proud to help students through the SU this year and get them involved in so much of college life. I've also felt proud when Dame Asha has praised me for my work and I’m happy to have achieved all of my targets which I set myself."

He added: "I'm really interested in going into support work next, so it may involve some more study in the coming months but I'm keeping my options open.”

Marc will be succeeded as SU president by former BTEC music student Lewis Maskery, from Mansfield Woodhouse.