My name is Gordon Maloney and, as President, I head up the 12 other executive officers who lead the organisation.
I lead the work of the Priority Network together with Priority Campaign Convenors Kelly-Marie Parry and Xander McDade.
Our previous work
Over the past three years, NUS Scotland, the Priority Campaign and thousands of students across Scotland have all achieved some huge wins:
- A Post 16 Education Bill from the Scottish Parliament, which puts fair access in legislation, creating a strong, national framework for it to happen, and will get universities doing more
- A commitment by over 85% of newly elected MSPs to not introduce tuition fees, to maintain places and to improve student support.
- An increase in university funding of over £135m by 2014/15
- £260 million in additional student loans for students, as part of a commitment to introduce a £7,250 minimum income guarantee, starting with the poorest students, from 2013/14.
- Reversed planned cuts of £140m to Scotland’s colleges, with places protected and FE student support increased for this year.
Our work for 2013-14
Over the next year, we’re looking to build on these further, with our work focusing on:
- A blueprint for the future of education funding, which gets the best deal for students and institutions. We want to see funding which reflects and supports our vision for education, and achieves parity of esteem between university and college, FE and HE.
- Improving student support for further education students, ending the unfair discretionary, postcode lottery which currently exists.
- Supporting students’ associations locally to hold their institutions to account on fair access and retention, and ensure they’re doing all they can.
- Ensuring that fair access applies across all our liberation campaigns, including care leavers.
- Getting a better deal for postgraduate students, on access, funding, and information, advice and guidance.
- Working nationally to ensure that we get strong, sustainable, autonomous and appropriately funded college students associations.
- Building on our work this year to ensure our universities have greater transparency, democracy and accountability.
For more information about the work of the Priority Network, get in touch, follow me on Twitter @gordonmaloney or find the Priority Network on Facebook.