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Scottish Government releases consultation on Higher Education Governance

Fri 28 Nov 2014

The Scottish Government are consulting on a proposed Higher Education Governance Bill, read NUS Scotland's briefing on the issues here.

 
NUS Scotland comments on the Smith Commission report

Thu 27 Nov 2014

The Smith Commission, which set up after the independence referendum, on a cross party basis, to look at further devolution for Scotland — has put forward their recommendations.

 
GE2015 policy asks: the Scottish context

Wed 26 Nov 2014

This policy briefing explains each of the GE2015 policy asks and translates them into the Scottish context.

 
Stop Student Poverty

Mon 24 Nov 2014

NUS Scotland has launched a campaign around the Scottish budget calling on MSPs to put more money into the budget for student support.

 
Strathclyde establishes emergency fund for international students

Fri 14 Nov 2014

A hardship fund to support EU and international students in emergencies has been established at the University of Strathclyde.

 
Imagine Tomorrow Steering Group

Fri 31 Oct 2014

This year, NUS Scotland’s collective priority is Imagine Tomorrow, which is all about re-imagining the type of education system we want to have in Scotland.

 
NUS Scotland calls for more powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

Fri 31 Oct 2014

Read NUS Scotland's response to the Smith Commission's consultation on the devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament

 
NUS Scotland Housing Action Pack (October 2014)

Thu 30 Oct 2014

Housing should be a right. Having a roof over your head isn’t a luxury or some optional extra that students can do without – it is essential, and it’s time for us to start treating it that way.

 
 


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 Jules Fitzgerald and Alan McDonald.

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 2014-15

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.
  • 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.

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