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Students’ Union

All registered Carlow College, St. Patrick’s students are automatically members of the Students’ Union (CCSU). CCSU ensures that the views of students are represented at all levels within the College, and at local and national platforms. We work collaboratively with various College functions to promote student engagement and to ensure you have a positive student experience throughout your studies.

A few of the main events we organise during the year are our Fresher’s Week, RAG Week, Mystery Tours and our College Ball. We also co-ordinate and support a number of clubs and societies. We are based in the Student Resource Building and our SU Officers can provide information and advice on all student-related issues – call in anytime for a chat or just to relax!

Amanda Bowes - Students' Union President

Hi everyone, my name is Amanda Bowes and I’m your Student Union President for the Academic year 2018/2019. Whether you’re coming back to college after the summer, or starting here new, I’d like to welcome you to the year ahead! It is my role as CCSU President to represent you, the students, on various boards and committees within the College as well as at a national and international level as part of our union’s affiliation with the Union of Students in Ireland, (USI). As part of the Union Officer Board I will work to ensure you have a cohesive, transparent and inclusive union.

Our role as a union is to represent and support you, the student, and help you get the most out of your college journey, both academically and socially. College can be a daunting experience whether you are a school leaver or someone returning to education after a break, we are here to help make the transition a little bit easier. Personally, as a parent and a previous mature student of this college, I understand these difficulties all too well.

I can be contacted on or through the Student Union Office in the Student Resource building located to the rear of the main college building. We operate an open-door policy in the Students’ Union so please feel free to pop in and get to know your student union team.

Adam Kane - Education Officer

Hello there, my name is Adam Kane, and I’m the returning VP for Education and Communications for the 2018/19 academic year. At its core, my job is to represent the student body on a range of academic committees, co-ordinate, organise, and minute Class Rep Council meetings, and provide information on the Student Grant system (the infamous SUSI!). To that end, I’m also delighted to contact SUSI on behalf of any student that requires representation – SUSI operates on a, quite frankly, Byzantine basis, so don’t hesitate to ask for advice if you happen to need it. Believe me, we’ve all been there once!

With all that said, the whole SU Team and I are here to make sure you get the most out of your time at Carlow College – if you need anything at all I can be reached at

Hoping to get to know you all better over the year!

Jack Phelan - Clubs & Societies Officer

My name is Jack Phelan, and I am your Clubs and Societies rep for the 18/19 college year. My role in the Student’s Union is simple: I am there to help launch and maintain the running of all the student clubs and societies we have here at Carlow College. In past years, I have been the chairperson for 2 separate clubs, and I am fully committed to helping you get yours off the ground. I will be working closely with the Entertainments officer and the rest of the SU to ensure that your extra-curricular college experience is the best it can be. If you have any queries relating to a new or existing club or society, please email me at, and remember: there are no stupid questions!

Agnita Kenny - Mature Student Officer

Hi, my name is Agnita Kenny and am the CCSU Mature Student Officer and Deputy President for the Academic Year 2018/2019.

Being a mature student myself studying Social, Political and Community Studies, I feel I have gained an understanding around the complexities that college life brings. I am here to provide you with support and a sounding board to help make your experience in college a happy one. I want to see mature students not only excel on the academic side, but also enjoy the social side that comes with college life and I intent to encourage every mature student to get involved in as many social activities as possible.

Don’t hesitate to contact me on

Ryan Shannon - Entertainments Officer

My name is Ryan Shannon and I am the Entertainments officer for this year. My role is to put on events in and around the college to make sure students enjoy their time in Carlow College. I’ve been involved in putting on and running different events with some different societies in Carlow for a few years and I hope I can bring some of the things I learned from those experiences into what I do in the college. If you have any queries in relation to any events, please email me at