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SIG: AAT students are go!
The AAT Distance Learning Group on Facebook has changed its name to the AAT Students Independent Group and has big plans ahead for 2016
The AAT Distance Learning Facebook Group has a new name – it has gone all ‘independent’. PQ magazine spoke to one of the groups founders, Joanne Parry, who empathised the group continues to go from strength to strength, with their sights set on reaching 5,000 members by this summer.
The impressive membership, along with a 2015 PQ award, has all happened before the group’s third birthday – and to think they had just 100 members when they celebrated their first birthday!
The group has attracted a diverse range of AAT students and the new name represents just how the group has evolved. Parry felt it was the right time to change the name for two main reasons. She said AAT Students Independent Group better reflects that all students studying AAT use the group, not just distance learners as was originally intended. The other big reason is that Facebook doesn’t allow you to change the name of a group once it has reached 5,000 members. Parry added that the name shows it represents all AAT studiers but is independent of the AAT itself, training providers and colleges. That is really key for her.
She said: “Our members are no longer just distance learners. We have been very keen to welcome members from classrooms and online, and students with or without training providers, along with representation from AAT staff members, training providers, career advisors and specialists in their field. Many of these very generously give their time to help the students and make the group the success it has become.”
She explained that as well as general discussions, the group also hosts live Q&As with specialist guests covering subjects from specific modules to self-employment to course and event discounts. Most importantly of all, members have access to people who are ready and armed with answers 24/7. Parry didn’t want to forget the fun side and “the usual banter among the jokers of the pack”.
So if you’re studying AAT find them on Facebook and join the growing group where students support students.
Perhaps the best endorsement for the group came from a student user who just said: “I am not bothered by the name change just as long as it is here!” And you have to love how someone else described it: “The helpful and sometimes crazy support group for AAT students”.
You would be crazy not to join!
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