National Union of Students

The National Union of Students Condemns ISIS

Zarah Sultana | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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.

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.