Liam, who grew up in Fife where he attended Glenrothes College, graduated in Physics at Heriot-Watt University, where he was both the Students' Association Vice-President (Education & Welfare) and subsequently President. He went on to be elected as Depute President and President of NUS Scotland, before subsequently being elected as NUS UK President for 2011/12.
As President of NUS, Liam is responsible for leading on the organisation's priority campaign, calling for reinvestment of public funding in tertiary education and an end to the current tuition fees regime. NUS itself in a confederation of over 200 students' unions across the UK and represents over seven million students. It works to promote, defend and extend students rights as well as promoting strong and active students' unions.