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Deio elected NUS Wales President

The former Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student was announced as the incoming president at the annual NUS Wales Conference at Aberystwyth University

Former Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student Deio Owen will be the next NUS Wales President.

Deio was announced as the incoming president at the National Union of Students (NUS) Wales annual conference.

He will begin his term this summer, and said he will work to ensure students “get the best deal possible”.

Deio, from Abererch near Pwllheli, studied A-levels at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Pwllheli campus, also serving as Student Union president for the college.

He graduated from Cardiff University last year with a degree in Welsh and Politics, and was recently appointed the first Vice-President of Welsh Language, Culture and Community for Cardiff Students' Union.

After being elected as NUS Wales President, Deio said: “I'm very excited to start my new role as NUS Cymru President in July.

“Having been a Students' Union President at the college and now working as a full-time officer at Cardiff Students' Union, I'm hoping to make the most of my experience in both further and higher education.

“We're at a turning point in the post-16 education sector in Cymru and I'm looking forward to ensuring that students and students' unions get the best deal possible.”

After the conference at Aberystwyth University, Deio added: “It was great being back in NUS Cymru conference four years on after first attending with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and this time with fresh faces representing students from across the Grŵp.

“We had the opportunity to discuss reform, Welsh independence and access to healthcare policies. It was great having representatives from the Grŵp there giving input on how things affect FE learners, and how we need to work closer together to deliver for all students in the post-16 sector.”

Deio was also appointed one of two new Young Trustees of Urdd Gobaith Cymru recently, along with Emily Pemberton from Cardiff.

They were both appointed on a three-year term, and will sit on the Board of Trustees, ensuring young people have a voice in decision-making for Wales’ largest youth organisation.