NUS Scotland comments on Scottish Government reshuffle

Wednesday 18-05-2016 - 14:51

Commenting on the Scottish Government reshuffle, and the appointment of John Swinney as Cabinet Secretary for Education, Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland President, said: 

“NUS Scotland offers our warm congratulations, and best of luck, to John Swinney as he takes up his new role as Cabinet Secretary for Education. And also our thanks and appreciation to his predecessor, Angela Constance, for everything she achieved in the role. NUS Scotland has enjoyed a robust, productive working relationship with all those who have held the education portfolio, and look forward to that continuing with the appointment of John Swinney. 


“Scottish education has much it can be proud of, and there’s much we have achieved during the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament, securing a significant amount of positive change for our universities, colleges and students. But with everything we have achieved, there’s still much more we can achieve. Education has become the defining political priority for the Scottish Government, and Parliament – something clearly exemplified by putting the Education brief in the hands of Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, a hopeful sign of intent and ambition. We have no doubt that we will continue to work closely with John Swinney, to build upon the successes of the past and deliver on the possibilities of the future.  


“During the election, NUS Scotland’s ‘Shaping Scotland’s Future’ campaign saw students right across Scotland campaigning to ensure a Parliament that delivered on one core objective – fairer support for Scotland’s students. As part of that campaign, we were delighted to see the SNP’s manifesto include some welcome and encouraging commitments for students, young people, and apprentices, and set out policies that begin to address the support and opportunities they need to access education, stay there, and reach their full potential. We were really encouraged by the support that campaign received, and look forward to working with John Swinney, and across the Scottish Parliament, to deliver on those ambitions.”


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