National Union of Students

It's Time to Decriminalise Abortion

Jo Gowers | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Gowers

Being born, and living in London I spent the first eighteen years of my life assuming that everyone was pro-choice, the choice being whether or not to have children. I took the provision of abortion as a healthcare right for granted, as it had always been available to me, and I assumed that was the case in the rest of the United Kingdom. I was wrong.

Students Are Being Shut Out of Our Democracy

Megan Dunn | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

It's no coincidence the government has pushed this change through as quietly as possible. There are just months to go before local, mayoral and assembly elections across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This isn't democracy. But you can still register to vote up to three weeks before the elections...

Complacency From the Prime Minister Will Not Guarantee Access to Education

Megan Dunn | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

Maintenance grants support some 500,000 of the poorest students. Converting these to loans will mean hundreds of thousands will graduate with debt of up to £53,000. These very facts was put directly to the Prime Minister at PMQs in the House of Commons and the complacency of his answer says it all.

We Must Protect Freedom of Speech, But Not at the Cost of Student Safety

Richard Brooks | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

Of course we must protect freedom of speech. But this should not be at the expense of students' wellbeing and safety, and it should never mean an open invite to those who do not believe in democracy itself.

One Year Since Charlie Hebdo, There Remain Many Assassins Court Toujours

David Browne | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

While we certainly cannot ignore the influence of religious fundamentalism worldwide in suppressing freedom of expression, I would submit that the future of free speech in Britain will depend rather on the willingness of those who believe in free speech to stand against criminalising offensive speech for its own sake...

The Politicisation of the NUS Needs to Stop Now

Charlie Simpson | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

The NUS is a confederation of 600 student unions and its mission is to 'promote, defend and extend student rights', and strengthen student unions. This is an organisation that has the power to affect real change and yet it is neglecting this duty and is instead becoming increasingly politicised.

As British Parliament Votes for Airstrikes, Public Mood Shifts Further Away From Intervention

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Although many feel emotionally drained and furious after the vote to engage in Syria, the anti war movement will only grow in light of this latest military engagement. Students from all over the country are planning actions to oppose airstrikes and will not rest until they are finally listened to.

NUS Mercilessly Mocked After Voting Not To Bomb Syria

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has been subjected to intense mockery after its elected representatives voted against bombing Syria. At the same tim...

Anti-Semitism and Abuse Is Not Acceptable - Not Online, Not Ever

Megan Dunn | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

Bullying and abuse online is unacceptable, but the fact that it is online is not the problem. In the last few days alone, my Twitter stream has been a stark reminder of the very real and horrific reality of anti-semitism that Jewish students face in Britain. Izzy Lenga, the education officer at Birmingham Guild of Students, has been subjected to abhorrent abuse and threats for daring to challenge anti-semitism on campus.

No-Platform's Benevolent Mask Isn't Just Slipping, It's Shattering

David Browne | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

If our Dear Leaders want to argue that they have a unique right to not hear views that offend them - a right which they will not extend to their opponents, and indeed cannot or else all speech would stop - then they should at least be honest about it, rather than deceiving your audience by pretending that (legal) free speech has not been replaced by speech subject to conditions...

Prevent Is a Free Speech Issue, So Opponents Should Not Ally With the NUS

David Browne | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

This week, the NUS finished its current "Students Not Suspects" tour which was allegedly aimed at fighting the Government's new Prevent strategy to deal with extremism, particularly the threat of Islamist extremism. While the Prevent strategy certainly has its flaws, the NUS's diagnosis is woefully misguided...

Swansea Student Housing: The Dark Side

Lloyd Harris | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Harris

There are many top quality student properties in Swansea that are maintained by kind, caring and helpful landlords. However, there is no avoiding that a significantly high number of students are suffering from sub-standard accommodation that is plastered in mould, infested with slugs and neglected by the irresponsible landlord that owns it.

#CutTheCosts

Lloyd Harris | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Harris

#CutTheCosts On the 8th of July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed in his budget speech that maintenance grants will be cut entirely from 2016...

The NUS Play at Geopolitics Because Listening to Students Is Hard Work

Gregor Smith | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

There are plenty of reasons not to like the government of Israel. But to think that Coca-Cola are big players in a territory dispute is silly, and to think that boycotting them will do a great deal of damage to the Israeli government is naïve.

The Unhearing Ventriloquism of the NUS

David Browne | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

Rather than cast themselves as the ventriloquist's dummy to speak what is input by regular students, they instead wish to be the ventriloquist, and substitute the voices of ordinary students for their own.

A Typical Tory Transaction: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Grants Cut for the Poorest Students

Shelly Asquith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

By cutting maintenance grants and replacing them with higher loans, working class students with the lowest incomes will have even more to pay back... I worked long hours in part time jobs, got a credit card and I'm still in my overdraft - but I just about made it. When students are already struggling and support is cut further, how many will we lose?

Labour Does Not Have a Right to the Youth Vote

David Browne | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

Ultimately, I believe that we have seen two great and pleasant surprises: firstly, the election of what I believe to be the best government in the circumstances, and secondly the continued ability of the public to make up its own mind and not to be swayed by vacuous social media wars and the increasing emotional blackmail and shaming that generated so many shy Tories in the first place...

The NUS Should Be Ashamed of Their Latest Advertising Campaign

Ben Parr | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Parr

It is true, politicians break promises. We all know this and should probably have worked it out a long time ago. But before starting a student campaign to ruin the Lib Dems, surely it is worth taking a step back and looking at the promises they did deliver on?

Student Advertising Campaign Targets Promise-Breaking Lib Dems

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A national advertising campaign demanding that the MPs who broke their 2010 promise to scrap university tuition fees lose their seats at the General E...

Net Migration: Xenophobia Not Policy

Shreya Paudel | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shreya Paudel

Britain is on the cusp of making history in the upcoming general election. It will either look back at May 2015 with regret or with great pride. With immigration one of the major issues debated in this election, I appeal to students in particular to lead British society against xenophobic attitudes and make this general election about fairness and equality of opportunity.

International Students Need a Financial Safety Net

Shreya Paudel | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shreya Paudel

We need all political parties to look at the mandatory financial protection scheme as a matter of moral responsibility to protect international students in the UK, who do not have any safety net to fall into in case of any organisational failure of their institution or conflict in their home country.

Why Page 3 and Charlie Hebdo Are Not the Same

Sam Fowles | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Sam Fowles

Platform is valuable commodity and the supply of privileged platforms far outstrips demand. This is precisely because very few people have the former while almost everyone has, at some point, availed themselves of one of the latter.

The National Union of Students Condemns ISIS

Zarah Sultana | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

The NUS has officially taken steps to condemn ISIS and express solidarity with the Kurdish people. It has been mandated to raise awareness about the situation Kurdish people are facing and to pressure the government to meet the needs of the Kurdish people in the UK and within the region.

10 Reasons Free Education Should Happen

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Ahead of Wednesday’s Free Education demonstration in central London, and despite its withdrawal from the event, the National Union of Students has r...

It's Time Britain Scrapped Tuition Fees - Let's Follow Germany's Example

Aaron Kiely | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Kiely

We are angry. Tuition fees are £9,000. Student debt on graduation now averages over £40,000... Our debts are on a scale unthinkable even a decade ago. Life-shaping debts. Debts so large that they determine what jobs we look for, where we live and even whether to start a family.