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Burnley College welcomes New Student Governors

As our latest Student Governors, Abigail Geary, 16 and Sam Sheard, 17 begin their new roles, we caught up with them to find out how they’re feeling and what they want to achieve in their positions providing the vital Learner Voice to Burnley College’s Board of Governors.

Abigail is passionate about making things happen and has a devotion to providing for her community and those around her, and as a longstanding member of the Girls Brigade, she has never been short of opportunities to make a difference.


“I truly feel like a member of the Burnley College family, and I can’t wait to begin the next part of my journey here as a Student Governor.

Abigail Geary

Student Governor

It’s an exciting opportunity and a chance to express the views of other Students to management to improve the College and develop my leadership skills.”

Abigail, from Accrington came to us from Rhyddings High School with a deep-rooted passion for Science and an eagerness to develop further with the help of our expert tutors and their industry knowledge:

“My ultimate goal is to be a pioneer in medical research. After seeing the dedication of researchers in Covid 19, and how integral they were in getting society back on their feet, I knew that Biomedical Science and research was the route for me.”

Abigail Geary, Student Governor

Sam, from Haslingden, a former Student at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer and is eager to be more involved in developing a fantastic College as a Student Governor:


“I am proud to be the voice of my fellow Students and can’t wait to work with people from across the College to improve the environment and experience for everyone.”

Sam Sheard

Student Governor

With a part time job in the Communications Team at Bolton Hospital, he is developing his writing skills towards his goal of becoming a writer, working with them to publish news articles and social media content.

“I chose to come here because of the breadth of topics on offer at Burnley College that would help me become an editor and the support that came from tutors made it an obvious choice for me.”

Sam Sheard, Student Governor

At Burnley College, the learner voice drives everything we do. We are committed to giving our learners a voice and the opportunity to be empowered to shape the future of their own education.

Student Governors are the dynamic and passionate individuals who drive change and make things happen, Abigail and Sam will work together with Senior Management and Governors over the next 12 months to ensure that their peers are heard and that all Students receive an incredible student experience at Burnley College.

Abigail and Sam are true leaders in the Burnley College family, and we are excited to see their innovative ideas and new perspectives on Student experience.

Could you see yourself representing the Student Body and being involved in the decision-making process at board meetings?

Talk to us about the opportunities at Burnley College, the Number 1 College in England*, where your voice is heard, where you are treated as an individual and where you can work with staff to shape your educational experience.

At our final Open Evening of the year, you can talk to our expert Tutors, explore your study options and discover how your voice can make a difference.