Mike Day currently works as an International Learning and Development Consultant. He holds a degree in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Lancaster and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. He also has a Diploma in Genealogy and the History of the Family.
His main specialisms are strategic planning, approaches to influencing, training the trainers and the core skills needed by elected officers.
After graduating in 1980 Mike was an elected officer and then worked in NUS areas until 1985 where he took up the position of Development Officer, then in 1989 took up the post of Training Officer where he was jointly responsible for the research, development, delivery and evaluation of NUS' training programmes. At this time he also served on what was then the SUSOC training committee.
In 1994 he moved to Strathclyde where he served as Membership Services Manager providing strategic leadership and support for democratic services, academic representation, welfare and advice, childcare, clubs, societies and sports, administration, communications and marketing.
He left the student movement, temporarily, to move to Barnardo's Scotland where he developed an accredited in-house Management Programme at SVQ levels 3, 4 and 5. He also worked with the Retail Section to deliver training and development for shop managers and staff as they developed specialist shops for antiques, retro clothing, books and records.
In 2007 he took up the post of Director of NUS Scotland and built a team that supported the Executive in their aim of abolishing tuition fees, creating third party arbitration for housing deposits and a sabbatical infrastructure in all FE colleges. In 2012 he took on responsibility for Wales and Northern Ireland as well and oversaw the creation of the Trilateral agreement with USI, NUS-USI and NUSUK. In 2014 NUS' international relations were added to the brief and he developed NUSUK's international strategy that ran to 2022. Following a restructure he took on NUS-USI, international work and added responsibility for supporting the international students officer. He took early retirement, following redundancy in 2019.
Since leaving NUSUK he has maintained working links with the European Students' Union, Union of Students in Ireland and NUSUK and is very excited to be part of the Coole Insight Associate Team.