Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland

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The Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland (known as CHESS) was a body representative of students in Scotland, founded in 2001 by the Students' Associations of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities, and Glasgow University's Students' Representative Council.

CHESS was founded in 1999 out of the previous Scottish Ancients Group[1] when the Students' Association at Strathclyde demonstrated an interest in membership. Membership of CHESS is not incompatible with membership of the National Union of Students although both are essentially representative organisations.

The goal of CHESS is to provide a national forum for dialogue and policy enhancement on issues affecting students. The body provides a channel for representing the views of students in Scotland to national and governmental bodies.

The CHESS Executive Committee is made up of two representatives from each member institution, usually the President and one other. There are two office bearers in CHESS; the Convener, who chairs meetings and represents CHESS externally, and the Secretary, who deals with all administrative matters.

CHESS is currently dormant, and has not published minutes since April 2009.[2]

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  1. ^ University of Glasgow :: Legal statements :: Freedom of Information :: FOI Publication Scheme
  2. ^ CHESS: Policies and Info
  3. ^ Minutes of Aberdeen University Students' A ssociation Annual General Meeting 1 December 2005 (Microsoft Word document)
  4. ^ Minutes of the 6th Ordinary meeting of the 122nd Edinburgh University Students' Representative Council held on 10 January 2006
  5. ^ "Checkmate: EUSA vote in favour of leaving CHESS" – Nick Mitchell, Student (newspaper) 24 January 2006)
  6. ^ USSA President Philip Whyte explains on a facebook discussion group why Strathclyde disaffiliated from CHESS

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