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Don't dither, divest!

Thu 23 Oct 2014

Kirsty Haigh on why we should campaign for institutional divestment from fossil fuels and arms

Draft Scottish Budget: what we expected, but not what we hoped for

Thu 09 Oct 2014

The Scottish Government have released their draft budget for 2015/16. The budget announced an expected, and continued, level of funding for university and college teaching, but failed to include the increases in student support NUS Scotland had been calling for.

NUS Scotland welcomes Scottish Labour’s childcare commitments

Wed 08 Oct 2014

NUS Scotland has welcomed commitments from Scottish Labour on improving childcare

HEFCE announces QAA goes out to tender

Tue 07 Oct 2014

Changes to QAA across the UK after HEFCE announcement to consult with HE sector on the possibility of quality arrangements being reviewed by other organisations.

NUS Scotland and SSS annouce awards launch

Mon 06 Oct 2014

Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards promote good physical and mental health

Sanjay Lago: What does Black History Month mean to me?

Wed 01 Oct 2014

Sanjay Lago, NUS Scotland Black Students' Officer considers the importance of celebrating Black History Month.

NUS Scotland celebrates Black History Month

Wed 01 Oct 2014

Meet NUS Scotland Black Students' Committee and find out what they have in store for Black History Month.

USSA eradicates zero hour contracts

Mon 29 Sep 2014

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association eradicates zero hour contracts

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My name is Gordon Maloney and, as President, I head up the 12 other executive officers who lead the organisation.

I lead the work of the Priority Network together with Priority Campaign Convenors Jules Fitzgerald and Alan McDonald.

Our previous work

Over the past three years, NUS Scotland, the Priority Campaign and thousands of students across Scotland have all achieved some huge wins:

  • A Post 16 Education Bill from the Scottish Parliament, which puts fair access in legislation, creating a strong, national framework for it to happen, and will get universities doing more
  • A commitment by over 85% of newly elected MSPs to not introduce tuition fees, to maintain places and to improve student support.
  • An increase in university funding of over £135m by 2014/15
  • £260 million in additional student loans for students, as part of a commitment to introduce a £7,250 minimum income guarantee, starting with the poorest students, from 2013/14.
  • Reversed planned cuts of £140m to Scotland’s colleges, with places protected and FE student support increased for this year.

Our work for 2014-15

Over the next year, we’re looking to build on these further, with our work focusing on:

  • A blueprint for the future of education funding, which gets the best deal for students and institutions. We want to see funding which reflects and supports our vision for education, and achieves parity of esteem between university and college, FE and HE.
  • Improving student support for further education students, ending the unfair discretionary, postcode lottery which currently exists.
  • Getting a better deal for postgraduate students, on access, funding, and information, advice and guidance.
  • Working nationally to ensure that we get strong, sustainable, autonomous and appropriately funded college students associations.
  • Building on our work this year to ensure our universities have greater transparency, democracy and accountability.

Get involved

For more information about the work of the Priority Network, get in touch, follow me on Twitter @gordonmaloney.

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