During the Access Prize Giving Presentation on Tuesday 14th June, student Joe Devlin was awarded the very first Borders College Students’ Association Alumni membership. The award, presented by the Student President on behalf of BCSA’s Executive Team, recognises Joe’s continued commitment to the Students’ Association and its activities. The alumni membership means Joe will always be considered a member of the Students’ Association, will be invited along to Students’ Association events, and will continue to receive BCSA updates, after he has completed his course at Borders College.

Over the past 2 years, Joe has become a well known face in the Students’ Association and has been a firm and dependable champion for the student voice. In particular, Joe has been instrumental in driving some key changes to the ways in which we support students in the Access section. Joe has helped develop a tailored class rep training program for students with additional needs, and successfully lobbied for a digital clock in the Union for students with visual impairments. He has also acted as a spokesperson for students in the Access section during his time as a Faculty Council Chair. Clearly a popular choice, Joe has since been re-elected for the next academic session.

More recently, Joe has been appointed Student Ambassador for Access. In this voluntary role, Joe will work closely with the Students’ Association to ensure the college are meeting the varied and sometimes complex needs of some of our students.

Brian Jamieson, Student President, is delighted to have presented Alumni membership to Joe. “For Joe’s outstanding commitments to the Students’ Association we wanted to make a commitment to him. With this alumni membership, we can ensure that just as Joe has been there for us, we can always be there for Joe.’

On receiving his award, Joe said, “I was caught out by Brian reading out some kind words about me, and presenting me with the Alumni Membership! It took a bit to sink in, but I’m totally delighted with it. I feel part of the team, and hope to do my bit to work alongside the Association.”

Well done, Joe!