Students' Union

The Students’ Union (SU) is run by students, for students, and is here to support you.

It provides fantastic opportunities for you to meet new people, get involved with campaigns and societies and aims to make your time with us even more enjoyable. The SU is not at one physical location. It is something you can join in with and be a part of at every campus. 

Every student under The Manchester College is automatically a member of the SU. The Students' Union empowers students to create their own societies and produce their own campaigns. SU Officers support your student voice and represent your academic interests. 

Introduction to the SU President and Vice President

Maryanne Letham, Students' Union President

Hello everyone, I am Maryanne your new Students’ Union President and I am excited to begin my first term. I am a BA (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing graduate from the Openshaw campus at UCEN Manchester.

My journey began as a student 3 years ago, where in my first year I was voted to take over as Student Representative for my class. In my final year, I applied and was selected to be the Core Representative for the Computing department which involved collating feedback from students within the Computing and Business department, working closely with the student voice co-ordinator and staff members from the facility. I started working as a paid Student Advocate, supporting the staff by going to schools, colleges, universities, and UCAS fairs to promote Higher Education and UCEN Manchester. 

It is a privilege to be able to be the new SU President and continue the work that was started by Sam Lowe, your previous SU President, in building up your Students’ Union. 

I would encourage everyone to get involved. Your time as a student will fly by, believe me. There are many ways for you to get involved: join social societies, or start up a new one, volunteer, help in our campaigns, and take part in events which will be taking place on our campuses.

This year, I am looking forward to developing societies, continuing the campaign on anti-single use plastic, working towards better mental health awareness for all, and meeting students whether that be online or face to face once campuses reopen. 

I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to drop by at one of our Drop-Ins, email The Students’ Union, contact us over our SU social media, or just say hi in person if you would like a chat.

Nela Blinkhorn, Students’ Union Vice President

Hello! I’m Nela, an Animation and Motion Graphics HND student at Fielden Campus. This is my second year at UCEN Manchester. I was a Student Rep for my course last year, which helped me gain confidence in sharing my voice but also listening to and understanding the opinions of other students.

This year I’m getting even more involved in finding out what students want and need, and I will be supporting the SU President in making sure the Students’ Union is what you want it to be.

My role is particularly focused on students at The Manchester College. I aim to focus on student mental health and what the SU can do to help. I believe in good communication to solve any problems which arise and wish to encourage feedback and opinions from any and every one of you. This is about your student life, your well-being, and your experience at college. Let me know what we can do for you!

Contact The Students’ Union:

There are lots of ways to get involved with your SU, including: 

  • Register your interest by following our social media emailing
  • Write a piece for the student newsletter
  • Create a campaign for change – e.g. single-use plastics campaign 
  • Become an officer - there are several roles available this year, keep an eye out to find out more!
  • Attend NUS Conferences 
  • Volunteer at SU activities - we partner with organisations around Manchester to give you opportunities to get involved in community projects
  • Join a society or sports team. Find people with similar likes and interests as you by following the SU social media pages on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, or by emailing

SU Officers carry out important work throughout the year, celebrating successes and building on developments in collaboration with, and on behalf of, our students.

If you are interested in becoming an Officer please email for more information.

Roles Available:

  • Finance Officer
  • Secretary
  • Welfare Officer
  • Sports and Activities Officer
  • Communications and Campaigns Officer
  • Equality and Diversity Officer
  • Employability and Enterprise Officer

The clubs and societies at The Manchester College reflect our diversity and the passion of our students. We’ve got a whole host of clubs and societies for you to get involved with, whether you’re new to the hobby or a passionate fan already, including:

  • Creative Networking Society
  • Fitness Society
  • Football Society
  • LGBTQ+ Society
  • Photography Club
  • Tech Society

We want everyone to feel like there’s a group for them, so our Students’ Union is always open to ideas and suggestions for new clubs and societies.

If you're interested in starting your own or joining one of our clubs or societies get in touch:

All our societies are accessible via social media and offline taking place in our Students’ Union spaces.

Facebook @tmcUCENstudentsunion

Twitter @TmcSu

Instagram @tmcsu

We'll be running virtual drop-ins across the year so that you can meet your SU and fellow students. 


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Join the Virtual Drop-ins here