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Write to your MSPs

We want the government to take action to prevent Universities using Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) to stop students who have experienced gender-based violence from speaking out. You can help us achieve this by writing a letter to your MSP and Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

You can use our template letter as a basis for your own letter - all you have to do is copy, paste and adjust as much or little as you like. We've also put together a guidance document to give you a bit more information about the use of NDAs.

If you would like to write to your MSPs, you can do it through writetothem.

You can contact Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, directly HERE.

It's really easy to do, but here are some tips:

  1. Don’t be nervous! We know it can feel intimidating writing to your MPs, but they are there to listen to you and you have a right to contact them about issues affecting you.
  2. Double check who you want to write to. You can contact your local counsellors, MPs and MSPs through writetothem. Depending on the issue, it may be more effective to write to your MSPs as opposed to MPs - for example, matters around education and healthcare are devolved to Scottish Parliament, so your MSP will be the best contact. You can find out more information about who the right person to contact is HERE
  3. Write about your experiences. Elected representatives will get loads of messages every day and they will be sifted through to see if there are duplicates. If you write about your own personal experience, this will be unique, so less likely to be overlooked, and more impactful.  
  4. Use our template for inspiration! Although it's best to put your own spin on your letter, here is a template which explains the main points of our NDA campaign. Please feel free to adapt however you feel is appropriate. 

Gender-based violence is an issue that affects people both during their studies and outside of it. MPs and MSPs have the power to combat this and make lasting change – you just need to make your voice heard. 

Resources on this page:

Template Letter

Guidance Document

Write To Them - contact your MSP

Contact Richard Lochhead, MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

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