Fri 8th June, 2012
Students at the University of Bedfordshire have saved thousands of pounds thanks to advice from the Students’ Union.
Yesterday (7 May) the University of Bedfordshire’s Students Union (BedsSU) Welfare Advice Service along with Luton Irish Forum and Luton All Women’s Centre were presented with a national award in recognition of their contribution to the care of students and local residents.
All three are members of Luton Network Advice (LAN) - a Big Lottery Funded project involving the town’s CAB, Law Centre and Luton Rights.
Oyoyo Obareh, LAN’s quality co-ordinator said: “The well deserved success of these organisations is good news for Luton residents, particularly at a time of recession and tough welfare cuts.
“The award means their excellent work supporting local people has been officially recognised as being of the highest quality.”
Welcoming guests to the ceremony, the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL said: “I congratulate all three organisations on achieving the Advice Quality Mark.”
He added: “I’m particularly proud of BedsSU’s Welfare and Advice Service for their high quality advice provided to our students over many years.”
BedsSU President John Perkins also paid tribute to all three organisations and added his praise to the work of the Students’ Union Welfare and Advice Service.
He said: “Under the leadership of Louise Tadiar, the team provides an exceptional service. They demonstrate extensive knowledge in the fields of academic support, housing matters and a wide range of welfare issues.
“Since July 2011, the team of four has managed 484 new cases. Over this period their advocacy and mediation service has also helped Bedfordshire students save some £34,000 – every penny saved makes a huge difference to the students concerned.”