AN ALL-FEMALE students’ committee has been elected for the first time in Barnsley College history.

The new Students’ Union Executive Committee at the college was decided by an online election process over the course of seven days and voted for by their fellow students.

For the first time in its history, the committee was made up of a six women-strong team.

Those involved in the committee include Bethanie Jacobs, Lucy Bartholomew, Seren Simmonite, Lilly Chadwick, Emily Hodgkiss and Emily Chadburn.

The committee members will begin their term once they have completed their training.

They will be responsible for planning Barnsley College events, activities and awareness campaigns as well as supporting with student-led change by working with external organisations and internal stakeholders.

Emily Hodgkiss, LGBTQ+ officer and Level 3 Business student, said: “I applied to be part of the Students’ Union Executive Committee because I believe there’s always an opportunity to improve student life even if it may seem like it doesn’t need improving - there is always a way to make things better and more inclusive for everyone.

“I want to bring comfort and be able to fight for my fellow Barnsley College students and I believe being part of the Students’ Union Executive Committee is the way to do this.

“In my role, I am most excited to communicate and build friendships with other students who I may not have met in other circumstances.”

Jess Lovatt, learner voice advisor, added: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have our first female Students’ Union President and our first all-female committee.

“The students nominated are all so passionate about student-led change and are keen to get started with planning their campaigns, activities and events for their peers next academic year.

“I am looking forward to seeing what incredible things they come up with.”