Vice President role for local student

Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones

An Aberdeenshire student has been elected as Vice President of the award winning Scotland’s Rural College Students’ Association.

Gemma Jones (22), who hails from near Inverurie, has just gained a BA (Hons) in Outdoor Pursuits Management at the SRUC Ayr Campus.

She will hold the salaried post for a year before seeking a post as an Outdoors Educator or Instructor.

Gemma takes up the role as Vice President after being Campus Officer at SRUC Ayr last year while completing her studies.

She said: “My energy will be focused on boosting the current ‘Liberation Campaign’ which promotes equality within minority student groups.

“I also want to improve engagement and involvement of students across all six SRUC campuses as a collective – with activities such as inter-campus ski trips and sports tours.”

Gemma will represent the 2,500 full time and 5,000 part time students studying in the six SRUC campuses across the country.

Joining Gemma in the new student leadership team for 2016/17 as President is mature student James Bamkin (31) from Edinburgh who has just completed an HND in Countryside Management at the SRUC Oatridge Campus.

Like Gemma he will hold the salaried post for a year before hoping to secure a job as a Countryside Ranger.

Janet Swadling, SRUC’s Acting Chief Executive said: “The SRUC Students’ Association is playing an increasingly significant role and is recognised for its very positive input to College affairs.

“We are very proud of the constructive working relationship we enjoy with SRUCSA and I look forward to working with the new executive team and, in particular, the new President and Vice President.”