Monday 22-08-2016 - 16:43
On Thursday 18 August 2016 we held our first big event of the year - the Gathering.
Held at the University of Stirling, the event brought together college and university student officers and students’ association staff from across Scotland to celebrate our successes as a movement, network and look forward to what the coming year has in store.
NUS Scotland President Vonnie Sandlan welcomed delegates to the event, highlighting the successes that NUS Scotland had seen through our Scottish Elections campaign in May 2016, challenges for the year ahead and our current plan of work. We live streamed Vonnie’s opening remarks and you can watch them here.
The highlight of the event for many delegates was our students’ association showcase ‘Everything that’s great with our movement’ where students shared successful campaigns that they had been involved with at their students’ association and nationally.
- Jodie Waite from Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association shared the work that they had done on supporting student carers at her university. Contact Jodie for more information on VP.SHLS@GCUstudents.co.uk.
- Amy Scobbie from Forth Valley College Students’ Association shared the work that they had been doing around Scottish Mental Health First Aid and to embed this learning within the students’ association and the college. View her presentation here.
- Lainey McKinlay from Ayrshire College Students’ Association shared the success of #ThisAyrshireGirlCan a campaign to get more women students involved in STEM subjects. Watch the campaign video here.
- Lord Apetsi, a student at Strathclyde University and also a member of NUS Scotland’s SEC, shared from his perspective the compelling story about the #SaveLord campaign which although this case is still ongoing, stopped Lord from being deported.
NUS Scotland’s full-time officers launched the priority campaign area ‘Support Us! Our chance to shake up the student support system’, delivering a presentation about the background to the student support review and launching our #SupportUs materials for Freshers’ Week stalls.
A series of workshops were held during the afternoon including:
• Improving your assertiveness
• Getting the best out of your relationship with your institution
• Bring the Bairn Necessities to Life (campaigning, lobbying and negotiating)
• Liberation and your students
• NUS100 Democracy review
• Staff development session
• Strategic planning
• Teaching Excellence Framework
During the event delegates also heard from Kevin Pringle about campaigning during a minority administration, while NUS President Malia Bouattia and NUS Chief Executive Simon Blake told students about the Demo on 19 November and Project 100. Officers and staff also had the chance to get to know each other and the priorities of student officers around the country.
The Gathering 2016 closed by hearing from two delegates - Shazz Muhammad and Alice McLellan - about how the event had inspired them to take action back on their campus.
You can check out photos from the event on our Facebook page here.