The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.
They are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 percent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through their member students' unions, they represent the interests of more than seven million students.
NUS champions students to shape the future of education – and create a better world. They promote, defend and extend student rights.
They fight discrimination, isolation and injustice. Through practical information and national action, they make sure students can thrive.
They support and strengthen students and their unions. They are informed – developing research that influences national policy.
They are active – taking on all the issues that affect students’ lives now and in future.They know students, representing 7 million student voices.
Students driving change
NUS Scotland is the national union of college and university students’ associations in Scotland. Through their member students’ associations they represent around 500,000 students in Scotland.
They campaign on the issues students care about, from student support and quality courses, to better housing and a fairer society.
In the past three years, they have:
- Campaigned to diversify the curriculum, highlighting the need for an end to reading lists which do not reflect the diverse student body.
- Won an extra £21million per year investment in student bursary support.
- Received funding to develop strong, sustainable, college students’ associations.
- Supported students to engage in Gender Action Plans – tackling the gender imbalance in our education system.
All of their work is led by students
Every year, they bring together a conference of student representatives to decide which campaigns and policy work NUS Scotland should take forward. The conference also elects four members to lead this work for the coming year.
Other areas of work this year include:
- Supporting students during the Covid-19 Pandemic, through issues such as isolation, online learning accessibility, accommodation challenges, and changing restrictions.
- Regulating Purpose Built Student Accommodation so that students can have similar rights to private tenants.
- Climate Change and Sustainability.
- Disabled Students’ Support.
- Mental Health.
- Student Support and Tackling Student Poverty.
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Lead Delegate - Union President Amy Smith
Delegates -Lauren Harper, Daniel Deery, Josh Muirhead, Annemarijn Huizinga
NUS Scotland Conference 2020-21
11th-12th March 2020
NUS National Conference 2021-21
12th-13th April 2020
NUS Liberation Conference 2020-21
14th-15th April 2020
Delegates: Equalities Officers