Macy’s quest to inspire sees her shortlisted for national award

Macy’s quest to inspire sees her shortlisted for national award

Trafford College student, Macy Sheil, has been named a finalist in the Association of Colleges Student of the Year awards.

Macy was selected as a finalist in the Young Student of the Year category of the national awards.

The A level student, who is currently studying Psychology, Sociology and Politics, has made it her mission to inspire as many people as possible, both at the College and across the region, through her extracurricular activities.

Within her first year of College, Macy had signed up to become a student ambassador, joined the equalities committee, became co-founder of the Green College Assembly, won a student of the year award for her student ambassador work, was recruited as a ‘This Girl Can’ ambassador, and volunteered politically within the community.

Macy recently met with Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham to present her findings on solutions to violent and knife crime. She also regularly campaigns around the College to educate her fellow students through the Green College Assembly, an initiative she co-founded in an attempt to make our College more eco-friendly by reducing our carbon footprint and the amount of waste we produce.

Macy volunteers politically in the College and within the community and she recently volunteered for OXFAM. Unbelievably, Macy also finds time to canvas around her area for her local party as well as attending protest marches for issues she is passionate about.

She commented, “I was really surprised when I find out I was a finalist for the AoC Student Awards! To know that my hard work and dedication is being noticed and appreciated is very uplifting and encouraging. I am incredibly grateful to be a member of the Trafford College Group as the amount of support and nurturing I get is beyond overwhelming.

“With the help of staff I have been able to secure my place in a parliamentary selection committee (which takes place in November this year in the Commons), gained work experience with a former Mayor, and I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with various officials to discuss and debate a number of issues that affect young people, such as knife crime. All of these amazing experiences have enabled me to strengthen my political background, enhance my university applications and to grow personally as a person with everything I learn along the way. To be a finalist for such an important award is an honour for me and it only makes me want to work harder for the future."

Whilst most 18 year olds are contemplating what to do with their future, Macy has a clear vision of her goals, which include going to university to study politics whilst maintaining her activist duties. She would also like to work at a grass-root community level within government, for example in the role of a local Councillor, a Government Special Adviser or a member of a scrutiny committee.

After working in that environment for a couple of years, she aims to progress to being an MP or MEP.

Steve Frampton, President of the Association of Colleges, said

“The standard of entries this year was incredibly high and all the nominated students deserve praise for the contribution they make to their colleges. It is inspiring to hear the stories from a range of students and colleges each year, and the awards are an opportunity to highlight their outstanding achievements. The finalists this year have done fantastically well to reach this stage and I look forward to seeing them all at the awards evening at annual conference.”

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 19 November in an evening of celebration during the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference. The evening and annual conference showcases the ways that colleges are transforming the lives of more than two million people across England and how vital colleges are to the future of the British economy in the 21st century.

There were 68 applications received across the three award categories. The judging panel was made up of members of the AoC Charitable Trust Board, AoC President and chaired by Kirsti Lord (AoC Deputy Chief Executive-Member Services). All the judges were very impressed by the variety of inspirational stories and the success achieved by the students.