USSA Wins best University Student Union award

The University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA) has won the NUS Scotland Award for best University Student Union 2014.

This year’s awards took place on Saturday 22 March at the NUS Sccotland Conference at a ceremony in the Apex Hotel in Dundee, where 15 awards in total were given out to outstanding university and college associations, societies and individuals.

NUS, the National Union of Students, is a voluntary membership organisation, which is made up of 600 student unions, representing around seven million students across the United Kingdom. The organisation aims to defend and promote students’ interests and rights and aid student development. USSA is one of its many members.

The annual NUS Scotland Awards recognize the achievements of students and student-lead associations and societies from a number of universities and colleges across Scotland. A record number of 120 nominations were received for the 2014 awards. USSA was pronounced University Students’ Association of the Year, beating the Robert Gordon and the Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Associations, also shortlisted for the main award.

The University of Strathclyde was distinguished in one more category at the this year’s ceremony. Carole McGreish, Student Activities Development Coordinator, won the Simpson-King Staff Achievement award of the Year.

Gordon Maloney, President of NUS Scotland, commented that the ‘‘NUS Scotland Awards are a great chance to celebrate the achievements of students and students’ association around Scotland.” Maloney added “the Awards highlight the drive and passion of Scottish students’ associations” and that “NUS Scotland are extremely excited to continue working with [the] inspiring student movement in the coming year.”