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Last week (4 – 8 February)

Monday 4 February

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Matt Hyde, NUS chief executive and Graeme Wise, assistant director policy met the director of IPPR regarding IPPR's review of higher education, directed at Labour in the run up to the 2015 general election. Contact graeme.wise@nus.org.uk for more info.

Nick Ratcliffe, head of policy at the Russell Group
Rachel Wenstone, VP HE and NUS staff met to update on each other’s work. Contact rachel.wenstone@nus.org.uk for more info.

Joe Fitzpatrick, chief whip for the Scottish National Party (SNP)
G
raeme Kirkpatrick, NUS Scotland VP (education) and William Moheiddeen, Scottish Executive Committee (SEC) priority campaign convenor discussed the proposed £34.6m cut to Scotland’s colleges. Contact jenny.batty@nus-scotland.org.uk for more info.

Wednesday 6 February

High-level admission forum organised by HEFCE  and UCAS
Rachel Wenstone, VP HE discussed application numbers, part-time applications, core margin policy and qualifications. Contact rachel.wenstone@nus.org.uk for more info.

UCU: tackling the deficit in post-16 education
Liam Burns, NUS president and Alex Jones, press and public affairs manager met a range of sector organisation on how to campaign for the level of investment in post-16 education to match that of the OECD average. Contact alex.jones@nus.org.uk for more info.

Thursday 7 February

Council for Industry in Higher Education (CIHE)  director, David Doherty
Liam Burns discussed NUS' involvement in the newly established National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) which the CIHE is becoming, as well as NUS' work on students' unions and employment, and NUS Scotland's Goes Global event. Contact liam.burns@nus.org.uk for more info.

Equality Challenge Unit 
Stacey Devine, NUS Scotland women’s officer and Jane Sterry, policy and public affairs officer discussed a project for Scotland’s colleges, looking at how student services can better support retention and achievement of students with protected characteristics. Contact jane.sterry@nus-scotland.org.uk for more info.

HE public information steering group
Rachel Wenstone, VP HE and Kate Wicklow, head of quality and student engagement discussed the NSS review, the Key Information Sets (KIS) update, and postgraduate information. Contact kate.wicklow@nus.org.uk for more info.

Next week (18 – 22 February)

Tuesday 19 February

Education and culture committee at the Scottish Parliament
Robin Parker, NUS Scotland president will give evidence on the Post-16 education (Scotland) bill. Contact robin.parker@nus-scotland.org.uk for more info.

Wednesday 20 February

Engaged Futures Consultation planning meeting
Alan Roberts, policy officer will discuss what the engaged university of the future might look like, and its role within society as a part of our tertiary education work. Contact alan.roberts@nus.org.uk for more info.

Thursday 21 February

Police diversity unit
Stacey Devine, NUS Scotland women’s officer and Jane Sterry, policy and public affairs officer will discuss the increased reporting of hate crime and support for hate crime victims. Contact jane.sterry@nus-scotland.org.uk for more info.

University of York deputy vice-chancellor
Liam Burns and Kallum Taylor, York Students’ Union president will highlight NUS 'Pound in your Pocket' research, and promote the importance of students' unions and employment. Contact liam.burns@nus.org.uk for more info.

 

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