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The dictionary defines ‘Representation’ as:

  1. the act of representing.
  2. the state of being represented.
  3. the expression or designation by some term, character, symbol, or the like.
  4. action or speech on behalf of a person, group, business house, state, or the like by an agent, deputy, or representative.
  5. the state or fact of being so represented: to demand representation on a board of directors.
  6. Government. the state, fact, or right of being represented by delegates having a voice in legislation or government.
  7. the body or number of representatives, as of a constituency.

We do all this and more here at AUSA!

How AUSA represents you

Your Executive Committee

The AUSA Executive Committee make the day to day decisions about running your Students' Association.

How you are represented nationally

National Union of Students (NUS)

NUS (National Union of Students) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.
They are a confederation of local student representative organisations in colleges and universities throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland which have chosen to affiliate and which pay a membership fee.

The core values which they believe in are...

  • Equality
    NUS believe there should be equality of opportunity for everyone to participate fully in a society that celebrates diversity
  • Democracy
    NUS's policies and priorities must be student-led and students’ union-focused through building open, transparent and accessible democratic structures
  • Collectivism
    Students and students’ unions are more effective when they organise together locally, nationally and internationally: unity is NUS's strength

NUS Scotland

AUSA is also a member of NUS Scotland
NUS Scotland is a federation of local student organisations in Scotland, comprising over 60 local campus organisations affiliated to NUS UK.  
The students’ associations in membership of NUS Scotland account for 85 per cent of students in higher education and more than 90 per cent of students in further education in Scotland.

To help support its students, NUS Scotland has some useful information and advice on:

  • Campaigns
  • Finance
  • Students' Unions
  • News and Events

Recognised by the Scottish Parliament

NUS Scotland is recognised by the Scottish parliament as the key voice of students in Scotland. 
They work in collaboration with both local and national government, trade union, pressure and voluntary organisations and have a track record of winning for students. They also maintain a high profile in the Scottish media.

The structure of NUS Scotland

NUS Scotland is an autonomous, but integral part of the National Union of Students (NUS). They are a key stakeholder in the development of public policy and aim to develop and support the experience of students attending universities and colleges in Scotland.

NUS Scotland runs four liberation campaigns

We recognise that the student population is diverse and ever-changing. To ensure all our members are included in the student movement, NUS Scotland has four liberation campaigns:

  • Women’s Campaign 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Campaign, 
  • Disabled Students Campaign  
  • Black Students Campaign 

Each of these campaigns is led by an elected officer. They are autonomous but integral parts of the organisation which act as a foundation for our equalities campaigning.

NUS Scotlands' staff team

In addition to the Scottish Executive Committee, NUS Scotland has ten members of staff who support the work of the organisation. 
NUS Scotland's budget is set at NUS UK's Annual Conference, however, the SEC (Scottish Executive Committee) controls expenditure and finances and staff are managed by the NUS Scotland Director.

Sabbatical Officers of NUS Scotland

President:  Robin Parker
Depute President: Graeme Kirkpatrick
Women’s officer: Kelley Temple


National Union of Students Scotland
29 Forth Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3LE
phone: 0131 556 6598
fax: 0131 557 5679
email: mail@nus-scotland.org.uk

The Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland (CHESS)

The Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland (known as CHESS) is a body representative of students in Scotland founded in 2001 by the Students' Associations of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities, and Glasgow University's Students' Representative Council.

CHESS was founded in 1999 out of the previous Scottish Ancients Group when the Students' Association at Strathclyde demonstrated an interest in membership. Membership of CHESS is not incompatible with membership of the National Union of Students although both are essentially representative organisations.

The goal of CHESS is to provide a national forum for dialogue and policy enhancement on issues affecting students. The body provides a channel for representing the views of students in Scotland to national and governmental bodies.

The current Convener of CHESS is Gavin Lee, President of the Glasgow University Students' Representative Council; the Secretary is Andrew Keenan, President of the University of St Andrews Students' Association.

British University College Sport (BUCS)

British University College Sport (BUCS) is a newly formed organisation created from BUPEA and BUSA. It represents both student and staff aspects of sport. It runs more fixtures than any other sports association in Europe and has 153 members. Aberdeen currently has 50 league teams, a 30% increase on 2007/08 season when they finished 3rd in Scotland and 27th in Britain, in this season our Mixed Gold and Womens Volleyball both won the trophy Category. We are classified a major university in BUCS when compared with major universities such as Loughborough with 61 teams, Edinburgh 58 and Birmingham 58 while the third most active in Scotland is St Andrews with 39. On top of the leagues BUCS also runs numerous events such as Riding, Swimming, Climbing and Rifle to name a few. Aberdeen has been very successful in these in the past two years winning Surf, Boxing, Rifle, Climbing and Rowing honours.

Scottish University Sports (SUS)

Scottish University Sports (SUS) was formed several years ago with the merger of SUSF and SUSPEA. It represents both student and staff aspects of sport. It is currently looking at offering affiliation to FE institutions which may increase its membership of 16. The organisation is responsible for running all BUCS leagues on its behalf as well as offering numerous other sports leagues not associated with BUCS, such as, Gaelic Football, Shinty, Curling and Rifle. The format is split into numerous committees, a Directors Forum, AU Presidents Forum, Competitions Committee, professional development Committee and Physical Activity Committee. All answer to an Executive committee and all have both student and staff representation. There is a staff chair and student chair, this year Aberdeen’s Gordon Cox and RGUs Phil Inhizagi represent SUS at BUCS level. This new organisation is recognised by Sports Scotland, the Scottish Government and other important sports related bodies, it employs full time staff and is a respected body.

Aberdeen University Students' Association
Butchart Centre
University Road
Aberdeen
AB24 3TU

email: ausa@abdn.ac.uk

Telephone:(01224) 272965 3TU

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