National Union of Students Scotland

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National Union of Students Scotland
President Gordon Maloney
Founded 1922
Headquarters 1 Papermill Wynd, McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4QL
International affiliation National Union of Students of the United Kingdom

The National Union of Students Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Aonadh Nàiseanta na Oileanaich na h-Alba, Scots: Naitional Union o Collegianers Scotland) is an autonomous body within the National Union of Students. It is the national representative body of around 500,000 students studying in further and higher education in Scotland and was formed following the merger of NUS in Scotland with the Scottish Union of Students in 1971.

NUS Scotland's full-time sabbaticals for 2014-15 (from July 1) are President Gordon Maloney from University of Aberdeen, VP (Education) Robert Foster from Glasgow Caledonian University and Women's Officer Vonnie Sandlan from University of the West of Scotland.[1]

Democratic Structure[edit]

NUS Scotland policy is set by the 13-member Scottish Executive Council (SEC), which meets monthly.

The NUS Scotland President, VP (Education), VP (Communities), two Priority, Education and Community Campaign Conveners are elected each year at NUS Scotland Conference, which is usually held in March, by representatives from member students’ associations. All elected officers hold the post from 1 July to 30 June.

Liberation Officers (Women's Officer, Black Students' Officer, LGBT Students' Officer, Disabled Students' Officer) are each elected at their own annual conferences, held between the NUS Scotland Conference and the end of June.

For the first time, the Mature and Part-time Students' Officer, International Students Officer and Postgraduate Students' Officer for 2014/15 were elected at a dedicated Sections Conference on 29 April 2014.[2]

Elected officers can hold each post for a maximum of two years.

Affiliated Students' Unions[edit]

Students' associations in Scotland which are affiliated to NUS:

Four students' associations in Scotland are not affiliated to NUS:

NUS Scotland Chairpersons & Presidents[edit]

The full list of past Chairpersons and Presidents of NUS Scotland are as follows:

Years of office Name Institution(s) Faction
1971-72 Doug Henderson University of Strathclyde Broad Left - Labour Party
1972-73 Stuart Paul Heriot-Watt University
1973-75 Doug Harrison Jordanhill College of Education
1975-77 Stewart McIntosh University of Strathclyde
1977-78 Alan Christie Heriot-Watt University
1978-79 Martin Currie Stirling University Broad Left (Young Communist League)
1979-81 Jeanne Freeman Glasgow College of Technology
1981-82 Neil Stewart Aberdeen College of Commerce Labour Students
1982-84 Bob McLean University of Aberdeen Labour Students
1984-86 Alan Smart Jordanhill College of Education Labour Students
1986-88 Pauline McNeill Glasgow College of Building and Printing Labour Students
1988-89 Benny McLaughlin Glasgow College of Technology Labour Students
1989-91 Donna MacKinnon Glasgow College of Technology Labour Students
1991-92 Derek Munn University of Aberdeen Labour Students
1992-94 Jim Murphy University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1994-96 Douglas Trainer University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1996-97 Keith Robson University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1997-98 Shamin Akhtar University of Abertay Dundee Labour Students
1998-2000 Richard Baker Aberdeen University Labour Students
2000-02 Mandy Telford University of Strathclyde Labour Students
2002-04 Rami Okasha Aberdeen University Labour Students
2004-06 Melanie Ward Stirling University Labour Students
2006-08 James Alexander Heriot-Watt University Labour Students (2006/07)
Independent (2007/08)
2008-09 Gurjit Singh University of Strathclyde Organised Independents
2009-11 Liam Burns Heriot-Watt University Independent
2011-13 Robin Parker University of Aberdeen Independent
2013-15 Gordon Maloney [3] University of Aberdeen NCAFC

NUS Scotland Depute Presidents & Vice Presidents Education[edit]

Years of office Name Institution of Origin
2013–15 Robert Foster [4] Glasgow Caledonian University
2011–13 Graeme Kirkpatrick Aberdeen College
2010–11 Jennifer Cadiz Robert Gordon University
2009 Elaine Ner (resigned[5]) Carnegie College
2008-09 Liam Burns Heriot Watt University
2006-08 Jill Little University of Paisley
2005-06 James Alexander Heriot Watt University
2004-05 Phyl Meyer University of Strathclyde
2003-04 Melanie Ward University of Stirling
2002-03 Ross Renton University of Strathclyde

NUS Scotland Women's Officer[edit]

Years of office Name Institution of Origin
2014–2015 Vonnie Sandlan [6] University of the West of Scotland
2012–2014 Stacey Devine Reid Kerr College
2010–2012 Kelley Temple University of Strathclyde
2008–2010 Kainde Manji University of Stirling
2006–2008 Sarah Watson Queen Margaret University
2004–2006 Jenny Duncan University of Aberdeen

NUS Scotland Vice President Communities[edit]

Years of office Name Institution of Origin
2014–2015 Kirsty Haigh [7] Edinburgh University
2013–2014 Sinéad Wylie Glasgow Caledonian University
2012–2013 Gordon Maloney Scottish Executive Committee (SEC)

See also[edit]

Equivalent autonomous bodies within National Union of Students of the United Kingdom:

National organisation:


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