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S5W-11367: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the membership is of the (a) Product Design, (b) Benefits and Support, (c) Information, Advice and Guidance and Financial Literacy, (d) Effective Administration and (e) Finance sub group to the Further and Higher Education Support Review, and what (i) organisations and (ii) individuals have been invited on to these sub groups.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 28 September 2017

The Review process has engaged extensively with students via a student survey, consultation, and focus groups which have taken place at both colleges and universities across Scotland.

The Scottish Government provides secretariat support to both the main Review group and all sub-groups. Complementing the four sub-groups, Ms Gadhia has been working with Scottish Government officials on a Finance sub-group concerned with assembly of relevant financial information on the current student support system as it relates to colleges and universities, with the Chair reporting directly to the Review group on that.

Dr John Kemp, Chair

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Paul Lowe

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Andrew Cunningham

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Tracey Slaven

University of Edinburgh

Chris Greenshields

UNISON

Graeme Forrester

UNISON

Wendy Brymer

Fife College

David Wallace

Student Loans Company

Philip Whyte

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Risga Carson / Fergus Boden

NUS Scotland (from June 2017)

Effective Administration and Delivery

 

Russell Gunson, Chair

IPPR Scotland

Angela Toal

CPAG Scotland

Erin McAuley

Scottish Youth Parliament and current student

Dr Muir Houston

University of Glasgow

Steven McAvoy

ENABLE Scotland

Paul Traynor

Carers Trust

Satwat Rehman

One Parent Families Scotland

Robert Foster

WhoCares? Scotland

Louise Park

Ayrshire College

Chris Greenshields

UNISON

Angie Cruikshank

UNISON

Heather Noller

Carer’s Trust Scotland

Rebecca Scarlett

LEAD Scotland

Philip Whyte

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Vonnie Sandlan

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Fergus Boden

NUS Scotland (from June 2017)

Benefits and Support

 

Yvonne MacDermid, Chair

(from March 2017, previously Louise Macdonald, Young Scot to March 2017)

Money Advice Scotland

 

Laura McCluskey

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Angela Toal

CPAG Scotland

Patricia Murray

UNISON

Liz Clark

UNISON

Letitia Friary

Napier University

Neil Cowie

North East Scotland College (NESCOL)

Ian Hanson

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

Ann Gordon

University of Dundee/National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA)

Louise Macdonald

Young Scot

Dr Jenny Peachey

Carnegie Trust UK

Philip Whyte

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Vonnie Sandlan

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Risga Carson

NUS Scotland (from June 2017)

IAG and Financial Literacy

 

Shona Struthers, Chair

Colleges Scotland

Dr John Kemp

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Lorna Caldwell

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Angela Cox

Borders College

Gillian Plunkett

City of Glasgow College

Erin McAuley

Scottish Youth Parliament and current student

Alastair Sim

Universities Scotland

Russell Gunson

IPPR Scotland

Annag MacLean

Headteacher

David Wallace

Student Loans Company

Maggie Wightman

Student Loans Company

Ann Gordon

University of Dundee/National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA)

Chris Greenshields

UNISON

Graeme Forrester

UNISON

Angela Toal

CPAG Scotland

Philip Whyte

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Vonnie Sandlan

NUS Scotland (until June 2017)

Fergus Boden

NUS Scotland (from June 2017)

Product Design

Overall membership of the four sub-groups was appointed by each of the sub-group Chairs and is provided below:

In her role as Chair, Ms Gadhia appointed four Review group members as Chairs of the Product Design; Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and Financial Literacy; Benefits and Support; and Effective Administration and Delivery sub-groups. Each sub-group Chair has reported the work of their own group to the main Review group and Chair.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money was appointed as Independent Chair of the Review of Student Support in October 2016. Membership of the Review Group is published on the Scottish Government website at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/UniversitiesColleges/studentsupportreview.