Developing Ideas podcast

Our new podcast explores fresh perspectives in the student movement, talking about new ideas from participatory budgeting to sustainability. The latest episode is below, and scroll down to access previous episodes!

The fourth episode of Developing Ideas was recorded live at The Gathering 2019, where we held a panel discussion on "The Students' Association of the Future." Taking part in this look at the challenges and opportunities facing the student movement in the years ahead were: Maggie Chapman, Rector of Aberdeen University; Gail Edwards, CEO of Heriot-Watt University Students' Union; and Prof. Deborah Richardson-Webb, Head of Performance Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

The third episode of Developing Ideas is all about campaigning, with a particular slant towards sustainability. It looks at the role of collective action in campaigning from different view points. With discussions and input from three special guests:

  • Bettina from Plastic Free Hackney

  • Tara and Paula from People and Planet Edinburgh


Our second podcast is all about Participatory Budgeting (PB), a democratic process where members of a community decide together how to spend public budgets. We look at how this idea can be applied in a student context, speaking to the Participatory Budgeting Partners, and to Fife College students' association who have given it a try. 



The first episode is all about democracy. We ask the question ‘can we overdo democracy?’ and ‘what’s next?’ for the role of democracy in SAs. We are also joined by SRUCSA campus officer, Katie Dubarry, to look at the relationship between access and democracy. Tweet us your thoughts @NUSScotland #DevelopingIdeas