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Liam Burns
NUS Liam Burns Edinburgh fees and cuts protest 8th December 2010.jpg
Burns (forefront) speaking at a protest in Edinburgh, December 2010.
55th President of the National Union of Students
In office
1 July 2011 – 30 June 2013
Preceded byAaron Porter
Succeeded byToni Pearce [1]
Personal details
Born (1984-12-27) 27 December 1984 (age 34)
Political partyLabour Party[1]
Alma materHeriot-Watt University
OccupationHead of Public Affairs, The Scout Association

Liam Burns was President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom. He took office on 1 July 2011, succeeding outgoing President Aaron Porter.[2] Burns stood for NUS President as an independent but is a member of the Labour Party.[1]


Burns studied physics at Heriot-Watt University before being elected as Vice-President [Education & Welfare] (2006 - 2007) and subsequently President (2007 - 2008) of the university's Students' Association.[3] While at Heriot Watt he was a member of the rowing club [4]

He went on to serve as NUS Scotland's Deputy President from 2008 - 2009 and as the organisation's President in 2009 - 2010 and again in 2010 - 2011, before being elected as NUS President in 2011.[5][6]

Burns, who supported the idea of a graduate tax to finance education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, was re-elected by delegates at NUS National Conference in April 2012 after running on a manifesto criticising government cuts to education.[7][8]

After leaving NUS in 2013, Burns became Head of Public Affairs at The Scout Association.[8]


  1. ^ a b Times Higher Education - Liam Burns elected as next NUS president
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  3. ^ "Speaker bios". HEFCE. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Pluto Magazine".
  5. ^ "Liam Burns - NUS President". NUS Connect. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  6. ^ NUS President election: Interview with Liam Burns | Left Futures
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "Leaders are too timid and torn to fight, says Burns". THE. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Aaron Porter (2010-2011)
President of the
National Union of Students

Succeeded by
Toni Pearce (2013-2015)

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