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Become a Regional Campaigns Organiser with NUS Scotland

Fri 25 Jul 2014

Jack Douglas, President of the Students' Association of the University of the West of Scotland talks about his ezxperience as a Regional Campaigns Organiser last year.

 
Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards 2014

Wed 11 Jun 2014

The Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards 2014 were presented at the Scottish Student Sport conference on 10th June 2014.

 
Statement on Glasgow School of Art

Fri 23 May 2014

NUS Scotland logo

Our thoughts are with the students and staff at Glasgow School of Art on this very sad day.

 
Student Mental Health Agreement Sharing Event

Thu 15 May 2014

On 13th May 2014, 16 institutions were represented at an event sharing the work they have been doing on Student Mental Health.

 
We are the Change - Edinburgh

Tue 13 May 2014

Find out more about We are the Change Edinburgh, taking place on Friday 23 May.

 
Student Mental Health Agreements

Tue 06 May 2014

On 13th May 2014 we are holding an event to share Student Mental Health Agreements and what has been learned through the process of developing them.

 
Meet Sanjay Lago, NUS Scotland Black Students Officer 2014-15

Fri 02 May 2014

Sanjay Lago was elected at NUS Scotland Black Students' Conference on 25 April 2014.

 
First NUS Scotland Sections Conference brings activists together

Fri 02 May 2014

NUS Scotland held the first ever Student Sections Conference briging together postgraduate, international, mature and part-time students.

 
 
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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 Kelly-Marie Parry and Xander McDade.

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 2013-14

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.
  • Supporting students’ associations locally to hold their institutions to account on fair access and retention, and ensure they’re doing all they can.
  • Ensuring that fair access applies across all our liberation campaigns, including care leavers.
  • 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 or find the Priority Network on Facebook.

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