National Union of Students Scotland

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National Union of Students Scotland
President Vonnie Sandlan
Founded 1922
Headquarters 1 Papermill Wynd, McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4QL
International affiliation National Union of Students of the United Kingdom + Students for Cooperation

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 2015-16 (from July 1) are President Vonnie Sandlan from University of the West of Scotland, VP (Education) Rob Henthorn from Aberdeen University and Women's Officer Emily Beever from Aberdeen University.

Democratic Structure[edit]

NUS Scotland policy is set by the 18-member Scottish Executive Council (SEC), which meets monthly.

The NUS Scotland President, VP (Education), VP (Communities), eight Scottish Executive Councillors (four reserved for college, four open. Two college places and two open places reserved for self-defining women) 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.[1] However, this conference was cancelled in 2015 and these officers were co-opted, along with the new voluntary officer position for Asylum seekers & Refugees.

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
2015-17 Vonnie Sandlan University of the West of Scotland Independent
2013-15 Gordon Maloney [2] University of Aberdeen NCAFC
2011-13 Robin Parker University of Aberdeen Independent
2009-11 Liam Burns Heriot-Watt University Independent
2008-09 Gurjit Singh University of Strathclyde Organised Independents
2006-08 James Alexander Heriot-Watt University Labour Students (2006/07)
Independent (2007/08)
2004-06 Melanie Ward Stirling University Labour Students
2002-04 Rami Okasha Aberdeen University Labour Students
2000-02 Mandy Telford University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1998-00 Richard Baker Aberdeen University Labour Students
1997-98 Shamin Akhtar University of Abertay Dundee Labour Students
1996-97 Keith Robson University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1994-96 Douglas Trainer University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1992-94 Jim Murphy University of Strathclyde Labour Students
1991-92 Derek Munn University of Aberdeen Labour Students
1989-91 Donna MacKinnon Glasgow College of Technology Labour Students
1988-89 Benny McLaughlin Glasgow College of Technology Labour Students
1986-88 Pauline McNeill Glasgow College of Building and Printing Labour Students
1984-86 Alan Smart Jordanhill College of Education Labour Students
1982-84 Bob McLean University of Aberdeen Labour Students
1981-82 Neil Stewart Aberdeen College of Commerce Labour Students
1979-81 Jeane Freeman Glasgow College of Technology
1978-79 Martin Currie Stirling University Broad Left (Young Communist League)
1977-78 Alan Christie Heriot-Watt University
1975-77 Stewart McIntosh University of Strathclyde
1973-75 Doug Harrison Jordanhill College of Education
1972-73 Stuart Paul Heriot-Watt University
1971-72 Doug Henderson University of Strathclyde Broad Left - Labour Party

NUS Scotland Depute Presidents & Vice Presidents Education[edit]

Years of office Name Institution of Origin Faction
2015–17 Rob Henthorn University of Aberdeen
2013–15 Robert Foster [3] [4][better source needed] 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
2015–16 Emily Beever Aberdeen University
2014–15 Vonnie Sandlan [6] University of the West of Scotland
2012–14 Stacey Devine Reid Kerr College
2010–12 Kelley Temple University of Strathclyde
2008–10 Kainde Manji University of Stirling
2006–08 Sarah Watson Queen Margaret University
2004–06 Jenny Duncan University of Aberdeen

NUS Scotland Vice President Communities[edit]

Years of office Name Institution of Origin Faction
2016–17 Conor Marshall Abertay University Independent
2015–16 Gary Paterson University of Strathclyde
2014–15 Kirsty Haigh [7] Edinburgh University NCAFC
2013–14 Sinéad Wylie Glasgow Caledonian University
2012–13 Gordon Maloney Aberdeen University NCAFC

See also[edit]

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

National organisation:


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