National Union of Students

No, Freshers' Week Isn't Just About Having Sex

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

Sexual assault, peer pressure and female objectification are far from humorous. Satire isn't satire when it's kicking down another group. It only creates a bad perspective for incoming students of student life and a bad image of current students, implying this is what everyone's freshers was like and therefore yours should be too.

The NUS Should Be Ashamed of Their 'Israel Boycott'

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

It is with great disappointment to note that the National Union of Students' Executive Council voted to join the call demanding sanctions against the State of Israel. If anyone stands for the welfare of all students on campus, they should condemn this petty and divisive action in the strongest terms.

Why I'm Voting NO to NUS

Joseph Miles | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

As the NUS's structure is so fundamentally flawed, and the NUS establishment benefits from the current system whereby they can make sure that serial hacks always gain the cosiest positions, we are unlikely to see serious reform any time soon... Let's leave the NUS, and lead fellow student organisations in designing a union that truly represents the interests of all students.

Let the Fight for a Free Education Begin!

Jamie Green | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Green

We won't win free education overnight; it will take long years of debate, proving the public value of higher education to the public and we will need to tackle the issue of access to education, so a mature student from Tower Hamlets has the same chance of getting into UCL as their 18 year-old counterpart from Richmond.

Students Must Stand Up to Racism and Ukip's Scapegoating

Aaron Kiely | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Kiely

If we are to successfully push back the current wave of racism, we will need an unrelenting campaign in the student movement in defence of our multicultural society against those who wish to divide us.

Student Movement Gets Ready to Resist Rising Debt

Matt Stanley | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Stanley

This year the Tories are preparing a new, massive attack on students, which promise to be as regressive and damaging to the future of millions of people as the trebling of tuition fees has been - plotting to sell all our student loans to private debt collectors, who are hungry to make a profit out of saddling us with more debt than we signed up to. Students are, however, building a movement to stop the government in its tracks.

Sussex University: Making the Future or Vandalising It?

Gabriel Webber | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Gabriel Webber

How did a British university get to the stage of inspiring such anger and contempt from someone like Geoffrey Robertson, the man who organised war-crimes trials in Sierra Leone, that he would be prepared to spend days of his time working unpaid, dealing with petty academic administrators, instead of making the big bucks in Strasbourg?

Why Oxford Students Voted LJ Trup

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

The national press have recently been obsessing with the election of Louis Trup to the presidency of Oxford University's student union. Trup is far from being a joke. Sure he's a hilarious guy. After all, writing a manifesto - sorry I meant 'personifesto' - completely in crayon was absolute genius. We cannot deny that LJ Trup is good fun - but he's no joke.

The Police Must Change Student Perceptions if They Are to Challenge Extremism

Rupert Sutton | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

Until the police are able to challenge current perceptions of them on campus, the Prevent Strategy will continue to be opposed like this, with work to understand and document student grievances as a way to begin this process something that Student Rights plans for 2014.

Interfaith Within Students' Unions

Kirat Raj Singh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kirat Raj Singh

Faith based societies at Universities have huge potential with their increasing number of members yet we have seen few actively engage with their students' unions... It is important to demonstrate to these societies that the union offers a lot more than generic advice and can help empower them and their members by bringing the different societies onto one platform and opening up channels of communications between them.

Ban Teachers From Going on Strike

Katie Hopkins | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

Over the next few weeks, many teachers are going on strike. The NASUWT says: "parents understand we have to stand up for our pay and conditions." The NUT adds "Parents are very supportive of our position". Well here's the tough love on that one. We don't understand and we don't support you.

My First-Hand Experience of Everyday Sexism

Ben Ramsdale | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Ramsdale

As a liberation activist and feminist ally, I have read so many stories which fall into the category now generally known as Everyday Sexism. But never before had it been so real to me. I will never forget the expression on the faces of those women as they turned to me after this occurred.

Can't See the Wood for the Fees

Ben Ramsdale | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Ramsdale

As we head towards the start of the second year under the coalition's new Higher Education funding regime and with A-Level Results day (and the chaos that is clearing) looming on 15 August, universities, politicians and journalists alike are examining the effect on UCAS applications.

Defending the Right of - Muslim - Students

Chris Moos | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

Whether or not students want to segregate, in a liberal and democratic society the right to practising one's faith stops where one starts imposing it on others. Contrary to what some assert, there is no right of the religiously observant to impose their sensibilities on others.

Chester Students Force NUS Referendum

Sam Mercer | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Mercer

At the annual general meeting (AGM) of the University of Chester Students Union, students voted in favour of a referendum on continuing affiliation with the National Union of Students. The vote was made up of a variety of sports clubs and societies, including the University of Chester Debating Society that has had major disagreements with the NUS in the past.

Students Elect First Leader Not From University

PA | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has elected its first president who has not attended university. Toni Pearce, who is currently the union's vice pres...

Can Students Change the Way Our Generation Thinks About Mental Health?

Nicola Byrom | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nicola Byrom

There are thousands of student volunteers across the country. They all have different motivations. Some students volunteer because they want to do something positive with their spare time, others volunteer because they want to help people. I volunteer because I want to change the world I live in.

Student Volunteering Week 2013

Courtney Giles | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Courtney Giles

I really like the quote that appears when you first log on to the student volunteering week website: 'We don't wish things were better. We make it better'. This phrase sums up for me what I think volunteering is about making a difference and taking things into your own hands.

Gaza: More Than a Game of Chess

Dannie Grufferty | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dannie Grufferty

I believe we have a moral duty to try, rather than giving into the easy answers of extremes or the cynicism of those who say nothing will ever change; as they could have said of South Africa in the 1980s, or Northern Ireland in the 1990s.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Heartlessness of the Home Secretary

Michael Allen | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Allen

Compassion and immigration control have appeared as unreconcilable concepts since Theresa May's appointment as Home Secretary. Ever since she took office in 2010, Ms. May has appeared determined to respond to the tabloids' cries that the UK is letting in too many immigrants.

We're Not Bicurious - We're Bifurious!

Matt Stanley | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Stanley

Inevitably though, if we're not greedy then we're trying to be "cool" - this, forgetting the fact that bisexuality ceased to be "cool" in roughly 2008, the same year Katy Perry's ear-numbing 'I Kissed a Girl' reached number one, catapulting bisexuality into the desert of mainstream culture to get picked at by the buzzards.

The Wage of Dave

Dannie Grufferty | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dannie Grufferty

We can bemoan the privatisation agenda all we like, but it exists nonetheless, and I'd rather spend my time supporting students to work with other workers and unions to negotiate better conditions, including a living wage.

Malignment of International Students at Westminster Must End

Gary Spedding | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

We simply must challenge and put an end to the deliberate malignment of International students at Westminster, they are not the fall guys for Cameron's promised reduction in immigration. Its time our MPs stood up for our students!

Scotland Provides a Blueprint for Improving UK Education

Robin Parker | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Robin Parker

The headline in Scotland has always been that we've kept tuition fees off the table, and there is no sign of the political winds changing that. But for NUS Scotland, putting money in students' pockets to keep them in education has always been of just as much importance as fighting tuition fees.

Making Something More Expensive Means Fewer People Do It, Study Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Making something more expensive means that fewer people do it, an incredible study into university tuition fees has revealed. "Although it is too e...