Educational Institute of Scotland

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Full name Educational Institute of Scotland
Founded 1847
Members 54,580[1]
Affiliation STUC, TUC, EI
Key people Pat Flanagan, President
Larry Flanagan, General Secretary
Office location Edinburgh, Scotland
Country Scotland
Website Official website

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) is the oldest teachers' trade union in the world, having been founded in 1847 when dominies became concerned about the effect of changes to the system of education in Scotland on their professional status.

The EIS is the largest teaching union in Scotland, representing 80% of the country's teachers and lecturers. Since being granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria, it is the only union able to award degrees.[2] A recipient of the EIS degree is a Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland, denoted by the post-nominal FEIS.


  1. ^ "Educational Institute of Scotland: 2014 Annual Return" (PDF). Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "1851 Queen Victoria granted a Royal Charter to the EIS. Membership at the time: over 1,800. Among the powers conferred on the EIS was the power to award a degree of "Fellow of the Institute". In 2007, the EIS remains the only trade union which awards degrees." "History of the EIS". Educational Institute of Scotland. Retrieved 2008-01-12.