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Educational Institute of Scotland

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Subject: Teachers' trade unions in the United Kingdom, List of affiliates of the Trades Union Congress, List of organisations with a British royal charter, Scottish Council for Research in Education, Teacher associations based in the United Kingdom
Collection: 1847 Establishments in Scotland, Education International, Education Trade Unions, Educational Organisations in Scotland, Organisations Based in Edinburgh with Royal Patronage, Professional Associations Based in Scotland, Secondary Education in Scotland, Teacher Associations Based in the United Kingdom, Trade Unions Established in the 1840S, Trade Unions in Scotland
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Educational Institute of Scotland

Full name Educational Institute of Scotland
Founded 1847
Members 59,371[1]
Affiliation STUC, TUC, EI
Key people Phil Jackson, President
Larry Flanagan, General Secretary
Office location Edinburgh, Scotland
Country Scotland
Website Official website

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) is the oldest teachers' trade union in the world, having been founded in 1847 when dominies became concerned about the effect of changes to the system of education in Scotland on their professional status.

The EIS is the largest teaching union in Scotland, representing 80% of the country's teachers and lecturers. Since being granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria, it is the only union able to award degrees.[2] A recipient of the EIS degree is a Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland, denoted by the post-nominal FEIS.


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  2. ^ "1851 Queen Victoria granted a Royal Charter to the EIS. Membership at the time: over 1,800. Among the powers conferred on the EIS was the power to award a degree of "Fellow of the Institute". In 2007, the EIS remains the only trade union which awards degrees." "History of the EIS". Educational Institute of Scotland. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
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