National Union of Students

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.

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.