Liam Burns (NUS president)

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Liam Burns
NUS Liam Burns Edinburgh fees and cuts protest 8th December 2010.jpg
Burns (forefront) speaking at a protest in Edinburgh, December 2010.
55th President of the National Union of Students
In office
1 July 2011 – 30 June 2013
Preceded by Aaron Porter
Succeeded by Toni Pearce [1]
Personal details
Born (1985-12-27) 27 December 1985 (age 28)
Nationality British
Political party Labour Party[1]
Residence London
Alma mater Heriot-Watt University
Occupation Head of Public Affairs, The Scout Association
Website Burns4Pres

Liam Burns was President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom. He took office on 1 July 2011, succeeding outgoing President Aaron Porter.[2] Burns stood for NUS President as an independent but is a member of the Labour Party.[1]


Burns studied physics at Heriot-Watt University before being elected as Vice-President (Education & Welfare) (2006 - 2007) and subsequently President (2008 - 2009) of the university's Students' Association.[3] He was an active member of Heriot Watt University Rowing Club. He went on to serve as Depute President (2009 - 2010) and later President (2010 - 2011) of NUS Scotland, before being elected as NUS President in 2011.[4][5]

Burns was re-elected NUS president by delegates at NUS National Conference in April 2012.[6] He stood on a manifesto criticising government cuts to education.[6] Burns is a supporter of a graduate tax.[1]

Since leaving NUS in 2013, Burns became Head of Public Affairs at The Scout Association.


  1. ^ a b c Times Higher Education - Liam Burns elected as next NUS president
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  3. ^ "Previous Office Bearers". Heriot-Watt University Student Union. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Liam Burns - NUS President". NUS Connect. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ NUS President election: Interview with Liam Burns | Left Futures
  6. ^ a b
Political offices
Preceded by
Aaron Porter (2010-2011)
President of the
National Union of Students

Succeeded by
Toni Pearce (2013-present)