NUS Scotland today welcomed the publication of two separate reports into college and university governance.
Robin Parker, President of NUS Scotland, said: “We welcome both reports today, and, whilst there are still a number of unresolved issues, would urge universities and colleges to approach them with an open mind.
"Accountability is a key part of all publicly funded organisations, and a greater role for staff and students in decision making would ensure that this accountability is enshrined throughout both sectors.”
On university governance, Robin Parker said: "Universities have hugely benefited from an increase in funding at a time of cuts, and now it's time to ensure that money is spent appropriately.
"One fundamental way to do this is rightly by having students at the heart of how institutions are run, and seen as equal partners.
“Principals have nothing to fear from an elected chair, or the involvement of staff and students in setting their pay. Indeed, they have everything to gain from involving representatives from across the institution, and the wider community they serve.”
On college governance, Robin added: "We welcome the clarification of the 12 college regions, and the enhanced role for student representatives as this goes forward.
"Provided the student experience is at the centre of any reform, we will be happy to work with colleges and government on how reform can be continued, and savings met.
"However, it must be remembered that proposed budget cuts mean colleges are being expected to do much more with much less.”