Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland

The Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland (CHESS) was 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 is currently dormant, and has not published minutes since April 2009.[1]

CHESS was founded in 1999 out of the previous Scottish Ancients Group[2] when the Students' Association at Strathclyde demonstrated an interest in membership. Membership of CHESS was not incompatible with membership of the National Union of Students Scotland, though at the time the organisation went dormant all members except Aberdeen University Students' Association were non-affiliates of National Union of Students Scotland.[3]

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

The CHESS Executive Committee was made up of two representatives from each member institution, usually the president and one other. There were two office bearers in CHESS; the convener, who chaired meetings and represented CHESS externally, and the secretary, who dealt with all administrative matters.


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  1. ^ CHESS: Policies and Info Archived 26 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ University of Glasgow :: Legal statements :: Freedom of Information :: FOI Publication Scheme Archived 17 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "NUS". Aberdeen University Students' Association. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ Minutes of Aberdeen University Students' Association Annual General Meeting 1 December 2005 (Microsoft Word document)
  5. ^ "NPC General Secretary Update". National Postgraduate Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  6. ^ Minutes of the 6th Ordinary meeting of the 122nd Edinburgh University Students' Representative Council held on 10 January 2006
  7. ^ "Checkmate: EUSA vote in favour of leaving CHESS"[permanent dead link] – Nick Mitchell, Student 24 January 2006)
  8. ^ USSA President Philip Whyte explains on a Facebook discussion group why Strathclyde disaffiliated from CHESS

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