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To assume makes an ass out of you and poses a barrier to me

Fri 31 Oct 2014

Nana Gyasi from NUS Scotland Black Students' Committee writes about her experience of studying in Scotland and some of the barriers that she faced as a black woman.

 
Imagine Tomorrow Steering Group

Fri 31 Oct 2014

This year, NUS Scotland’s collective priority is Imagine Tomorrow, which is all about re-imagining the type of education system we want to have in Scotland.

 
NUS Scotland calls for more powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

Fri 31 Oct 2014

Read NUS Scotland's response to the Smith Commission's consultation on the devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament

 
NUS Scotland Housing Action Pack (October 2014)

Thu 30 Oct 2014

Housing should be a right. Having a roof over your head isn’t a luxury or some optional extra that students can do without – it is essential, and it’s time for us to start treating it that way.

 
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.

 
 
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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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