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Students’ Union

All registered Carlow College, St. Patrick’s students are automatically members of the Students’ Union (CCSU). CCSU ensures that the views of students are represented at all levels within the College, and at local and national platforms. We work collaboratively with various College functions to promote student engagement and to ensure you have a positive student experience throughout your studies.

A few of the main events we organise during the year are our Fresher’s Week, RAG Week, Mystery Tours and our College Ball. We also co-ordinate and support a number of clubs and societies.

We are based in the Student Resource Building and our SU Officers can provide information and advice on all student-related issues – call in anytime for a chat or just to relax! You will be expected to wear a face mask in the SU office, lounge and information area. Maximum occupancy limits will apply.

The SU office is open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

CCSU can be contacted by

Brendan Mansfield SU President

Brendan Mansfield - Students' Union President

Contact me at supres@carlowcollege.ie

What I’m studying

Arts & Humanities (Although back in my day it was just called Humanities, none of this fancy Arts stuff!) 

Where I’m from

Born in Dublin, Live in Wicklow, Spend all my time in Carlow. 

What I enjoy most about student life

The place is never too busy, there’s always somewhere to go for a bit of peace and quiet if you get stressed. 

Why you should engage with the student union

There are fantastic experiences to be had in the Union, and they don’t often come around again once you leave college. Engage now while you can. 

My advice for new & returning students

Take your opportunities. Whether it be work for the Union (Class Rep, Officershipetc) or the academic opportunities provided by the college, take the opportunities you have during your time as a student. 

 

Jessica Higgins VP Education

Jessica Higgins - VP Education & Communication

Contact me at sueducation@carlowcollege.ie

What I’m studying

B.A (Hons) Arts and Humanities.  

Where I’m from

Laois

What I enjoy most about student life

I enjoy that we have a small community. Everyone is always so welcoming. We are fortunate that we can interact with each other on a personal level and get to experience different ways of life.  

Why you should engage with the student union

The student union is a great place to learn all about what the college can offer you. No matter what the issue is, the officers in the union are here to support and help you. Take advantage of that.  

My advice for new & returning students

Don’t stress! You are exactly where you need to be and it will all fall into place!  

Eoin Byrne VP Welfare & Equality

Eoin Byrne - VP Welfare & Equality Officer

Contact me at suwelfare@carlowcollege.ie

What I’m studying

English and History 

Where I’m from

Carlow

What I enjoy most about student life

The small community environment provides a close-knit college atmosphere and experience.

Why you should engage with the student union

The student’s union offers help to students in wide variety of ways and can help make the student experience the best it can be.

My advice for new & returning students

Look at your emails, literally everything in the college, student’s union and societies works through it.

Shannon Banville Entertainment

Shannon Banville - Entertainments Officer

Contact me at suents@carlowcollege.ie

What I’m studying

English and History  

Where I’m from

Wexford

What I enjoy most about student life

The welcoming environment. Carlow College campus is not huge which allows everyone to know one another. No matter who you walk by in the corridors, a smile is always passed.  

Why you should engage with the student union

I feel that students should engage with the Student Union to ensure that they get the best experience they can during their time in the college. The Student Union is there to listen to the student body’s needs and wants and to allow everybody to have a say in what goes on.  

My advice for new & returning students

Make the absolute most of your time in college as too much time has been lost as it is. Be spontaneous, get involved in everything that is going on around you. There is no excuse to miss a day again.  

Will Rainsford Mature Rep

Will Rainsford - Mature Officer

Contact me at sumature@carlowcollege.ie

What I’m studying

Arts & Humanities (HONS)

Where I’m from

Originally I am from Athy but in the countryside on the outskirts. I have moved down to Carlow to be closer to the college and focus on studying these subjects.

What I enjoy most about student life

Unfortunately my student life has only been a life on a digital basis. I started college in September of 2020 in the middle of the Covid-19 Pandemic which resulted in all my time being online. While that experience was in some ways severely lacking I found the lectures to be great and interesting and the lecturers themselves the same. I look forward to being able to be in person in the college to avail of what is there, whether it be time spent in the library or having an idle conversation with one of the professors about God or something equally odd.

Why you should engage with the student union

I think some students need that middle ground between the staff and themselves. Issues that they could easily express to a fellow student is far easier than addressing a member of staff with no negativity meant towards the staff. There will always be that barrier of sorts so being a Student Union member allows information to be passed along or issues addressed.

My advice for new & returning students

Be as charitable to everyone as you can be. The past two years have been an extremely different time, something quite unprecedented in decades. We have to be compassionate to every other person, student and staff alike, understanding to a degree the unification of having a shared experience in some ways. Positivity breeds Positivity while Negativity beleaguers all.

Niamh Collopy Clubs and Socs

Niamh Collopy - Clubs & Socs Officer

Contact me at sucands@carlowcollege.ie

What I’m studying

BA (Hons) English & History 

Where I’m from

Waterford

What I enjoy most about student life

The diversity of students around the college. I have become such close friends with people whose paths would never have crossed with mine if it wasn’t for college.  

Why you should engage with the student union

College is a time where everyone comes to find themselves, with most of the students being away from home for the first time – so it only makes sense that engaging with the student union and all it has to offer can further help develop your personality and help you discover what it is you like and even to try things you might have never considered.  

My advice for new & returning students

Make the absolute most of everything the college has to offer this year after the last year and a half of isolation. Don’t let these college years go by without some amazing memories.  

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