Halifax, N.S. – This morning, student leaders from across the province arrived in Halifax to kick off their Annual Student Advocacy week. They will be meeting with MLAs and decision makers in the post-secondary education sector to encourage policy changes that will help students on campus.
Halifax, N.S. – Today, Students Nova Scotia was pleased to welcome a new loan repayment threshold for graduates that are struggling to repay student debt. Students currently begin paying back student loans when they earn $20,000 a year. As of November 1st, students will not begin repayment on these loans until earning $25,000 a year.
The five strategic directions StudentsNS will take with this Strategic Plan are:
1. Improving access and affordability to post-secondary education in Nova Scotia.
2. Ensuring more post-secondary graduates can stay in Nova Scotia to work.
3. Increasing student participation in civic engagement.
4. Building strategic and multi-sectorial partnerships.
5. Continuing to strengthen StudentsNS membership.
Hello, my name is Annie Sirois. I am the Vice President External Affairs for the StFX Students’ Union and the Vice-Chair for StudentsNS. I am a third year Political Science and Development Studies Major at St.Francis Xavier University in small town Antigonish, Nova Scotia. StFX rests proudly in unseeded Mi’kmaw territory. More
As Chair of Students Nova Scotia, I am responsible for representing the views of the Board and membership as a whole, carrying forward your concerns. I oversee the fulltime staff,and act as the secondary spokesperson of the organization. In addition, I also enforce the bylaws and internal policies, and Chair the meetings of the Board of Students Nova Scotia. More
Halifax, N.S. – Yesterday, StudentsNS was pleased to see the signing of a memorandum of understanding between government and universities that is a positive step towards more transparency, student support, and consultation expectations for institutions in the Province. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents signed the MOU to govern a four-year partnership in the sector.
Halifax, N.S. – StudentsNS is pleased to welcome Sophie Helpard as its 9th Executive Director. Sophie comes to StudentsNS after serving as President of the University Students’ Council where she represented the 30,000 undergraduate students at Western University in London, Ontario. At Western, she studied Political Science at Huron University College, an affiliated liberal arts college on campus.
“I think it is extremely important that students have a voice on [the Halifax Partnership Board]…to allow a student perspective.” Nick Head-Petersen said Wednesday.
March 18th, 2016
Executive Director, Nick Head-Petersen spoke with the CBC on the unique circumstances International Students face and the research that Students Nova Scotia has undertaken.
Students who spoke to CBC News about the house on Payzant Street never made a formal complaint about their concerns. Research by Students Nova Scotia found that’s not unusual among international students.
“We looked specifically at international students as a population that may not have the local social support network in place to search for appropriate housing, or even know the city well enough to know what a good place to live in the city would be,” said Nick Head-Petersen, the executive director of Students Nova Scotia.