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Southwark College hosted a Student Conference centred around the theme of respect. The event organised by the Student Parliament welcomed special guests to a panel discussion, including Southwark Mayor, Councillor Barrie Hargrove, NUS FE (Further Education) Vice President Salsabil Elmegri, Student Governor Cheffon White-Mcleod and Head of Sales FE at Native, Tony Payne, who shared their views on whether respect should be earned or given. 

During the event, students participated in team-building activities with NUS officers and staff members and had the opportunity to put their questions forward to the panel to explore how respect can be embedded into everyday life and how it can positively impact their learning experience. 

Southwark Mayor, Councillor Barrie Hargrove, said: "It is wonderful to be here today talk to students about whether respect is automatic or if it should be earned.  

“It was great to hear from so many students with different views on the subject and to see their enthusiasm and energy. It was also great for me to come back to the College and to see the changes in Southwark College since I was a student here."  

Annette Cast, Principal at Southwark College, said: "We are delighted to have hosted the Student Conference this week and welcomed special guests to the panel discussion. It was great to see so many students and staff participating in a meaningful debate and having their opinions heard in an open and safe environment. 

"This type of event is essential to enable communication between students and faculty to ensure we are aware of our students' needs to continue providing them with an excellent student experience at Southwark College." 

Student Governor, Cheffon White-McLeod, said: “I enjoyed participating in this panel debate as it brought students together and gave them the opportunity to share their views on important topics in a space where they could express themselves freely without being judged. It was great to be able to present my thoughts on respect to my peers and listen to what they had to say as well as answer their questions.” 

Student Parliament meetings are held monthly. To find out more and get involved, contact the Student Services team. 

Southwark College offers enrichment activities and support to students to help them make the most of their time at the College. To learn about the range of services available, visit southwark.ac.uk/student-services  

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