College Students’ Associations: Realising Our Potential 2014

On 14th August 2014 we held our second national conference: College Students’ Associations: Realising Our Potential.

Nearly one hundred college officers, association staff, college staff, and sector staff attended the conference which aimed to both celebrate the successes of the last two years, and look forward to the challenges ahead.

Speakers included Alice Brown, Chair of the SFC, Jules Fitzgerald and Michelle Bingham, Presidents of New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire respectively, Mandy Exley, Principal of Edinburgh College, and Marc Winsland, President of Dundee and Angus College.

There was also a wide range of workshops available with topics covering both ways to develop and strengthen students’ associations, and ways for students’ associations to have a positive impact.

You can view the 'Storify' (a summary of Twitter posts throughout the conference) for information about what happened on the day.

A summary of the story of college students’ associations, and the successes they have achieved, may be found in the College Students’ Associations: Celebratory Video.

Even more detail about what students’ associations have been up to this year can be found in the Students’ Association Showcase. (We’re adding new material, so please download even if you received it in your delegate pack!)


Delegate Pack Downloads



College Students’ Association Showcase

Opportunities and Ideas

Colleges in Scotland (Produced by Colleges Scotland)

Student Partnership Agreements slides


Students’ Associations and Outcome Agreements – Scottish Funding Council

Equality and Diversity: Realising all of our Potential – Equality Challenge Unit

College Students’ Associations – What about charitable status? – OSCR

Dundee and Angus College 2014-15

Joined up thinking – sparqs

The Geographical Challenge - sparqs

Are harder to reach students really harder to reach? – sparqs


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