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Your Students' Association have been working in partnership with Baxter Storey over the past few months, providing them with your feedback and ideas! We received over 200 ratings for ideas relating to more vegan, vegetarian and food intolerance options

Baxter Storey have now introduced more food options and products for students with specific dietary requirements. Please ask a member of the Catering staff for what options are available and they'll be able to point them out to you.

If there are any other food options or products you would like on the menu, please email: amiller@baxterstorey.com

Food featured in the video: Pesto roasted vegetable baguette topped with buffalo mozzarella. Sea salt, thyme and black pepper roasted vegetable baguette with a duo of roast vineyard cherry tomatoes and mustard slaw. Full range of Grab 'n' Go vegetarian sandwiches, pasta pots, jacket potatoes and fillings. New vegan lines coming soon! 
My Voice - More vegan, vegetarian and intolerances food options.

posted on 23 Oct 2018

Fortunately the work from Glyncollen can point the teachers in the right direction. Here the pupils have demonstrated their understanding of democracy, democratic values and democratic processes through their campaign to reduce plastic use in their school.

They now know who the head of Swansea Council is, whom their local councillor is, what ward they live in and how they can become participants in democracy now – these young people are therefore grappling with the issues Donaldson identified – ethical issues such as sustainability and social justice.

They have gained an ability to deal with these issues by becoming active citizens and in the process gained confidence in their capacity to exert influence in their own school and community. Donaldson would be proud!

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posted on 14 Sep 2018

Categories: Highlights, Featured

Glynncollen primary school ended the academic year with a flourish! Having prioritised ‘reducing plastics’ in the school they orchestrated their campaign to change the way free milk is provided to the Foundation Phase in their school. Their simple plan was to ask the local authority to consider other ways of supplying the milk. Currently the milk is delivered in 150ml bottles. The young people want this to be changed to 2 litre bottles and for the milk to be dispensed into stainless steel bottles.

They wrote to the politicians in their local ward, local authority and Welsh Assembly. The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, AM wrote to the children to congratulate them on their campaign and provided lots of advice on how they could continue their journey towards plastic-free.

The children themselves decided to raise money to buy the stainless steel bottles and will hold a sponsored walk in September to raise the money.

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posted on 14 Sep 2018

One of the challenges for schools wishing to put Pupil Voice into action is whether or not participation is authentic or merely tokenistic. In this blog we look at how children in Year 6 in Glyncollen Primary School took their highly rated ideas forward to research and action.

We went to see them near the end of term to find out about the journey they had been on. Our purpose was to capture their story to investigate plastic use in their school and to help the young people show how a commitment to participatory democracy had empowered them to be activists in their own communities.

Read more and watch this fantastic video..

posted on 29 Jul 2018

This week children, staff and parents at Burry Port Primary School made an important step towards improving the democratic culture of the school.

The children already use VocalEyes for Pupil Voice and these priorities now set the agenda for Student Council. Now it was a chance for the pupils to teach what they had learnt using Pupil Voice and show the parents how to log in and participate in Parent Voice.

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posted on 16 Jul 2018

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On Tuesday the 19th of June we had a successful day at Burry Port Primary school launching VocalEyes with staff and pupils. The day started with assembly when the whole school got a chance to see the platform in action. Following this the School Council met to learn how to use the platform.

The School Council has representatives from Years 2-6, (aged 6-11) and they began by learning how to register on VocalEyes. This took a little time but as soon as everyone was signed in the fun began!

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posted on 20 Jun 2018

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National Democracy week starts on Monday 2nd July, 2018, the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men. It is also the 20th anniversary of devolution in Wales. Devolution has not however, rejuvenated democracy in Wales. ‘Missing Voices’, from the Electoral Reform Society Cymru (2017) report that people are frustrated with the political system, know very little about the responsibilities of the Welsh Government and generally feel disengaged from politics.

This is even more serious amongst the under-25s where fewer that half voted compared to over 75% of those over 65 (ERSC, 2014). We think attention to participatory democracy in schools could put us on a different track and bring democracy alive in Wales.

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posted on 20 Jun 2018

Categories: Highlights, Featured

Single Sign On (SSO) access via SharePoint within Office365 is now available. For installation details click here

posted on 2 Jun 2018

VocalEyes reached a significant milestone on Friday April 27, 2018. A training event for Participatory Democracy Champions from 10 secondary schools in the City of Cardiff took place in the grandeur of Cardiff City Hall. We welcomed almost 60 young people and their teachers on the day.

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posted on 30 Apr 2018

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On the back of the Cardiff Grand Council Event, we've put together this guide for 10 Steps to Success in your school. 
http://academy.vocaleyes.org/tutorials/10-steps-to-success-for-schools/

Do let us know what you think and if it needs improving feel free to contact us on schools@vocaleyes.org

posted on 29 Apr 2018

Cardiff bid to become Wales' first 'child friendly city'Cardiff is the first city in Wales to take part in Unicef UK’s national Child Rights Partners programme. Between now and 2020, the local authority, including all of its delivery partners, are working in partnership with Unicef towards being recognized by Unicef UK as a Child Friendly City.

At the core of a Child Friendly City (CfC) is the idea that children are a valuable part of the community and like adults, they should be respected as citizens and active members of society. The key word is participation and respect for the experiences and views of Children and Young People.

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posted on 20 Mar 2018

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A big thank you to the student who submitted the idea "Menu selection and prices to be displayed more clearly." 

Baxter Storey have now installed new overhead signage in the refectory at City Campus! If there are still areas you wish to have more signage then please contact: amiller@baxterstorey.com
My Voice - Refectory Signage

posted on 27 Feb 2018

Thanks to everyone that has submitted ideas, voted or commented on the topic 'What can City of Glasgow College do to ensure your learning experience is excellent and innovative?' We are currently taking ideas through to the City Partnership Forum and will update you in the upcoming weeks on the outcomes.

Cycle Store / Bike Racks
Thanks for your idea 'Bike Racks'. There is a Cycle Store located on the Ground Floor at City Campus which accommodates 315 bikes. If you study at Riverside Campus, there are 200 external bike racks. Please contact reception if you are not sure where these are located.

My Voice - Bike Racks

posted on 21 Feb 2018

VocalEyes is a platform and process for modern day community organising and there’s quite a lot more to it than meets the eye. It’s only a tool, but when used skilfully, it can be a powerful process for community organising and positive change. This 30 second video should help explain some of the features and benefits..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ecQwyqFN-A
VocalEyes - Community Organising - 30 Second Explainer Video - May 10th 2018

posted on 1 Feb 2018

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Another great day invigorating Pupil Voice with participatory democracy, this time at Glyncollen Primary School in Swansea..

The student council did an amazing job and managed to get over 100 students at the school engaged today amassing an impressive 2385 interactions, 52 ideas and 350 comments..

Some students even took the initiative to engage in the big conversation around the Swansea Well-being Plan and in Morriston, their local ward.

Ideas such as Plastic Free School & More Cycle Training came out as some of the highest priorities!

Read the full blog post here: http://blog.vocaleyes.org/2018/01/student-representatives-engage-the-rest-of-the-school-in-participatory-democracy/

posted on 24 Jan 2018

Categories: Highlights, Featured

Great news for Swansea Bay, the crowdfunding bid #bikes4swansea for the Santander Cycles University Challenge was successful, with Swansea raising the highest amount of promised funds for the scheme! 


That means lots of new bikes will be appearing soon, starting with docking stations along the bay linking the two university campuses with the city centre. The amount raised was way above the goal, £100,210 (£53,178 target) which is brilliant news because...

"To win the competition we need[ed] to raise more than our target. 50% of any funds raised over and above the target will be used to make further capital investments – more bikes and docking stations – which could include more locations. The other 50% will pay for the additional running costs that will come as a result of the extra investment."


Source: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bikes4swansea

This is brilliant news for Swansea, well done Abertawe! We're looking forward to seeing more people out and about on the bikes, experiencing the joys and freedom of cycling!


Santander Cycles Swansea University

posted on 13 Jan 2018

Feel free to have a good look around in this VocalEyes Demo Group - Open to All
If you would like to gain access to Group Admin and the full feature set, dont hesitate to email us hello@vocaleyes.org

posted on 18 Jun 2014

Categories: Highlights