National Union of Students

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should at least be honest about it, rather than deceiving your audience by pretending that (legal) free speech has not been replaced by speech subject to conditions...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.


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.

The NUS Has Pulled Its Support From the Free Education Demo - Good Riddance

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

The sooner student activists abandon this inward-looking, machine-like Labour Party leadership production line, the sooner the student movement might actually achieve something.

Reducing Tuition Fees to £6,000 Won't Win Labour the Student Vote

Dan Falvey | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Falvey

Labour would be best rethinking this potential pledge before it is announced. A cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 will not help Labour successfully captured the student vote. It will instead send a message to students that they agree with the tuition fees policy implemented by the coalition.

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

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 27.10.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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.