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NUS Scotland's content has now moved to the new BETA NUS Connect website. This section is here for reference whilst we move over content. Please visit the new website for all the latest content.

New figures show ‘extent of crisis’ in college student support

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Figures obtained by NUS Scotland have shown the extent of crisis students in further education student support.

Help shape fairer funding and win £100!

Mon 08 Dec 2014

NUS Scotland has launched a major survey of the student support system in Scotland, to help us fight for a fairer system for students.

Briefing on university quality arrangements consultation

Thu 27 Nov 2014

This briefing is to help students' associations in Scotland respond to the SFC's consultation on quality arrangements of universities by providing key questions to consider when responding.

NUS Scotland comments on the Smith Commission report

Thu 27 Nov 2014

The Smith Commission, which set up after the independence referendum, on a cross party basis, to look at further devolution for Scotland — has put forward their recommendations.

Stop Student Poverty

Mon 24 Nov 2014

NUS Scotland has launched a campaign around the Scottish budget calling on MSPs to put more money into the budget for student support.

Strathclyde establishes emergency fund for international students

Fri 14 Nov 2014

A hardship fund to support EU and international students in emergencies has been established at the University of Strathclyde.

Extraordinary NUS Scotland Disabled Students' Conference

Sat 08 Nov 2014

An EGM was held for NUS Scotland Disabled Students' to elect an officer to lead the work of the campaign

My night out

Tue 04 Nov 2014

Trigger warning: Sexual assualt and rape

NUS Scotland's vice-president communities, Kirsty Haigh, writes about her experience of rape and sexual assault and the importance of feminism in helping to end rape and lad culture.

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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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