Student’s big day in the Lords

Gill Sinnott, Rebecca Duffy, Andy Burnham MP and Christina Donovan
Gill Sinnott, Rebecca Duffy, Andy Burnham MP and Christina Donovan

A WIGAN student was a VIP guest at a parliamentary reception.

Wigan and Leigh College representative Rebecca Duffy attended the event at the House of Lords, along with Leigh and Wigan’s MPs, Andy Burnham and Lisa Nandy.

The day was held by the National Union of Students (NUS) to celebrate the positive impact of its Students’ Green Fund which provides funding for 25 Students’ Unions nationwide.

The 20-year-old who is studying a HND in Fine Art, was accompanied by the College’s Students’ Union Co-ordinator Christina Donovan and the Executive Director for Environmental Services, Gill Sinnott.

Rebecca said: “It was really inspiring to hear the NUS President Toni Pearce talking about the significance of the project and it was especially exciting that she specifically mentioned the achievements of Wigan and Leigh College.”

The College’s Students’ Union was the only general FE college union to be awarded funding, receiving £80,000 from the £5m fund aimed at developing local and global green projects.

Thanks to the funding, Wigan and Leigh College’s Students’ Union has been able to organise a number of events aimed at raising awareness of various green issues, including food waste.