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.
We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 percent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.
NUS champions students to shape the future of education – and create a better world. We promote, defend and extend student rights.
We fight discrimination, isolation and injustice. Through practical information and national action, we make sure students can thrive.
We support and strengthen students and their unions. We are informed – developing research that influences national policy.
We are active – taking on all the issues that affect students’ lives now and in future.We know students.
We are students.We are 7 million student voices.
Students driving change
NUS Scotland is the national union of college and university students’ associations. Through our member students’ associations we represent around 500,000 students in Scotland.
We 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, we have:
- increased student support for HE students
- argued for free education to be maintained in Scotland
- reversed £127 million worth of planned budget cuts to colleges
- secured votes at 16 in Scotland
All of our work is led by students
Every year, we 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.
The year ahead
This year, we are gearing up for the Scottish Parliament election 2016. With our membership at the forefront, we will be calling for equal education opportunities for all, strengthened support for students and an end to public service cuts.
We will also be supporting our member students’ associations to develop their activities and representations structures, with a particular focus on encouraging liberation activism on campus and beyond.
Other areas of work this year include:
- Arguing for better housing and controls on rent through the new Tenancy for the Private Rented Sector
- Calling for more democratic university governance in the HE Governance Bill
- Taking part in the work of the Commission on Widening Access
- Liberating the curriculum by diversifying course content in universities and colleges
- Supporting students as workers through our Education and Work project, as well as the National Society of Apprentices Scotland
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