A HUGE tartan monkey has been unveiled as the mascot for Borders College Students Association.
It’s the result of a competition to create a character, open to students, past and present. The winning design was submitted by Paul MacDonald, a former HND graphic design student from Hawick.
Tartan Monkey is the name of the association’s website.
The simian figurehead, supported by the student office bearers, will make an appearance at a variety of college events to highlight the association and its aims.
These aims are to be the ‘student voice’ – by encouraging students to take on the role of class representatives and attend faculty council meetings to give informed student opinion.
A spokesman commented: “This ensures that student opinions are heard at college committee levels and beyond.
“We also aim to help students gain more from their college experience – by working with other students to set up clubs and societies reflecting their interests and hobbies.
“We will provide support on financial, personal and educational matters – in these times of financial restrictions, student finances are tighter than ever.”
Events are run to highlight ways to save, such as the “Taste of Money” promotion last year, where branded products were compared against supermarkets’ own brands.
The spokesman added: “Students can feel under pressure due to many influences and the association makes it possible to speak to someone who can listen and suggest alternatives or ways in which to reduce the anxiety.”
The association also co-ordinates student social and charity events – since being set up, the association has been involved in supporting Wear It Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness).