School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing

My experience and priorities as a School Rep

Hi! I’m Coleen Bergantinos. I was elected as a School Rep for 2020/21. I also helped start the Computing Society and I am now its President. I love being actively involved in the decision making for all of you at Leeds Beckett and I want to make sure that we make your student experience the best it possibly can be. 

Student rep, Coleen, sitting on beach

I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to be your School Rep this year. I have so many ideas but with COVID-19 I’m having to find new ways around it.

My two main aims are:

  • To continue to build a community within our school
  • To prioritise student mental health

Creating a community for students has been important to me since my first day at Leeds Beckett. When searching for a university at sixth form, Leeds Beckett stood out to me due to its range of different communities that I picked up on from their handbooks and Open Day. I saw a place that focused on the wellbeing of students as well as their grades. I also saw ambitious students turn into members of the community showcasing their unique qualities and endless skills. The 17-year-old me wanted more than just a degree as I wanted a place that was going to help develop me as a person within a community. I believe that if we can provide a place that students enjoy and feel proud of, we can not only achieve the best grades and have unforgettable memories but also embrace the uniqueness of individuals.

I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in building a community for our school by co-founding the Computing Society. We’ve gathered many students from different courses for social and educational events both held in person and online. A setback for us is that we need more helping hands! The good news is that we have more opportunities coming available. The Computing Society is also now a place to enhance CV’s. We have recently expanded in working with external organisations and participating in public events such as hackathons.

In terms of putting student mental health first, I have suggested the implementation of having a student mentor. This way students can freely speak to tutors whom they feel most comfortable with. For the school, I hope this will continue to broaden their understanding of students and help improve the support of us as individuals. I always say, nothing feels better for a student in a panic to have a tutor who has open ears and a helping hand.

I hope you enjoy your Beckett journey!

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