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NUS Scotland

A new politics, a new democracy, a new Scotland

Fri 19 Sep 2014

Joint statement from SCVO, STUC and NUS Scotland: People must lead what comes next

 
Campus Life: Let's Get Listening

Tue 16 Sep 2014

Find out how Queen Margaret University Students' Union gathered student views to influence change on campus

 
#StudentsVote in the #IndyRef

Wed 10 Sep 2014

#StudentsVote

We want politicians, parties and wider society in Scotland to know on September 18 that #StudentsVote

 
The Big Debate | 19 September (Glasgow)

Thu 04 Sep 2014

The day after Scots vote in the independence referendum, presenter Gary Robertson is keen to hear the views of young people about the result in a special Big Debate.

 
Student Trustee Opportunity at NUS Scotland

Fri 29 Aug 2014

NUS Scotland are seeking applications for the position of Student Trustee on the NUS Scotland Charitable Services Board.

 
Inspire a generation of voters

Thu 28 Aug 2014

Amy McDermott, President of Stirling University Students' Union talks about the work they have been doing to engage young people in the independence referendum.

 
NUS Scotland affiliates to Jubilee Scotland

Thu 28 Aug 2014

Jubilee Scotland is a coalition of unions, NGOs, faith groups and campaigning organisations which fights for the cancellation of unjust global debts, and for changes to the way our Government operates overseas.

 
Mental Health Training

Thu 14 Aug 2014

NUS Scotland can provide Scotland's Mental Health First Aid training and other mental health training and workshops to colleges and universities.

 
 
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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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