Tuesday 08-03-2016 - 19:09
Commenting on the passage of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3, Emily Beever, NUS Scotland women’s officer, said:
“NUS Scotland warmly welcomes the passing of the Higher Education Governance Bill. It provides for far greater levels of staff and student involvement in key decision making, ensures that our universities – charitable bodies, rightly in receipt of over a billion pounds of public funding every year – are more representative and inclusive of the communities they serve.
“While the Bill as it stands is a big step forward, it’s disappointing that MSPs missed the opportunity to address the gender imbalance that exists on our boards, or ensuring greater scrutiny and transparency on matters like principal’s pay. However, with a review coming on the code of good governance that underpins our universities, and a clear message from MSPs and the Scottish Government that the status quo simply isn’t good enough, staff and students will be continuing that campaign.
“After years of campaigning by staff and student unions, this Bill will go a long way to addressing many of the shortfalls that currently exist in university governance. The Bill represents a positive step towards increasing the accountability, democracy, and transparency of decision making in our universities, a step that we absolutely welcome.”