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Make your voice heard - join the City Lit student panel

Story added 31st Oct 2017

The 2017-18 Student Panel at City Lit

Keen to make sure your voice is heard at City Lit?

We're looking for volunteers to join our student panel and help us improve the student experience at City Lit.

Apply by Sunday 26th November 2017 for your chance to join the panel.

What does the panel do?

The student panel is a focus group. It meets with staff to discuss aspects of the student experience at City Lit.

Understanding the student panel’s experience will help us improve the quality of our courses, college spaces, how we communicate with students and the service that we offer.

What do City Lit expect from panel members?

We expect panel members to:

- attend all three student panel meetings.

- be prepared to discuss their experience of City Lit at the panel meetings and take part in activities.

- act as ambassadors for City Lit and talk about their experience as a City Lit student at events such as fundraisers or in interviews. 

Student panel - what our panelists say

“It's a great opportunity to contribute to how changes are made at City Lit. It's fun to take part in a group and share your thoughts and ideas. Joining the panel really encouraged me to continue with my studies too.”

“I would say you get to feel a part of the decision making process when it comes to college actions. A chance to develop more skills like communication and team work. An overall enjoyable experience where everyone is valued.”

“A great way to feel part of the college and how it's working for students. Always a warm reception, really interesting and full of passionate, intelligent and caring people (both students and staff). Totally recommend being part of the student panel!”

Meeting dates in 2017-18

Induction meeting for new members:

Tuesday 23rd January 5.30pm-6pm

Main meetings:

Tuesday 23rd January 6pm-8pm

Tuesday 17th April 6pm-8pm

Tuesday 26th June 6pm-8pm

Who attends the panel meetings?

There are a maximum 20 students on the panel.

Meetings are also attended by:

- the Deputy Principal,

- the Assistant Principal,

- the Student Experience Manager,

- the Quality Manager,

- and other college staff depending on what we are discussing.

How can I join the Student Panel?

For more information about the student panel, including how to apply, please visit

You can also read notes from past meetings and the Terms of Reference online.

Is there any training for new panel members?

New panel members will be invited to an induction meeting where you will learn about City Lit’s history, future aims and strategies.

How will I benefit?

You will improve your communication and leadership skills and make a positive contribution to developing and improving adult learning within an exciting community.

All panel members will receive an £85 City Lit eVoucher after they have attended each meeting (max £255 in a year)

How can I become a panel member?

If you would like to join the panel, you need to fill out a short questionnaire. You can pick it up at reception, from the Student Centre and Library, or email for a copy.

You can email your completed questionnaire back to the student panel email address or hand it in at reception. 

Alternatively fill in the application form online.

We must receive your completed questionnaire by end of the day on Sunday 26th November 2017

Based on the questionnaire, we will invite students to a short informal interview to talk about the panel further.

We try to ensure that the panel is made up of a variety of students from diverse backgrounds and studying different courses. All students must have non-discriminatory views, be committed to equality and diversity and be able to discuss their opinions while respecting those of others.