STUDENTS from across Scotland elected their president in Irvine on the 3rd of March as NUS (National Union of Students) Scotland held their annual conference.
By Stefani Millar
A RECORD breaking 150 students attended the conference to re-elect Robin Parker as president. Parker beat his competitor, Charandeep Singh, by 68 votes to 56 with re-open nominations receiving two votes.
Parker was delighted with his win: “I am absolutely honoured to have been re-elected NUS Scotland president. I commend Charandeep and his team for the enthusiasm and positivity with which he ran his campaign and the issues he raised.
“I’ve been amazed at the hard work and enthusiasm of students across Scotland over the past year, and look forward to continue working with them to again make lasting change in Scottish education. When students come together we’ve shown what we can do. Our students have had great campaigning successes this year, including Our Future, Our Fight which saw over 80,000 emails sent to MSPs and college bursaries protected.”
Last year’s Depute President, Graeme Kirkpatrick, ran unopposed for the newly created role of vice-president education and looks forward to ensuring college representation is strong: “I am just delighted to have been given the opportunity to represent students again. This is a massive year for college unions in particular and NUS needs to take advantage of the college reforms and make sure college unions are strengthened.”