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Ashamed to be Black at NUS Black Students' Conference

Maz Hussien | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maz Hussien

I would often hear stories from people that have attended events like this in the past - but experiencing it first-hand made it clearer to me more than ever that the 'black students' movement' is broken. It does not stand for equality and it certainly does not stand for the greater good. It is a drastically misinformed and hypocritical movement, stuck in the past and fuelled with unnecessary anger.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Slams NUS For Boycotting Israel - But Not ISIS

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Israeli's prime minister has slammed the National Union of Students for boycotting Israel - but refusing to boycott terrorist group ISIS. Benjamin ...

What Should Rich Governments Do to Support Nepal?

Shreya Paudel | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shreya Paudel

"Amidst all the goodwill, inflow of material help, personnel, and pledges for the future, it struck me that the only country to have given *cash* to the Nepal Government so far is Bhutan. Its PM personally brought a check of $1 million. Then the ADB gave $3 million yesterday. From the noise in the social media, you might believe otherwise."

Blair, Blair - What the NUS Forgot to Tell You About Tuition Fees

Sarah Dougherty | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Dougherty

You probably missed it, but the National Union of Students made the news. Not for an increase in the maintenance grant, something students struggle everyday with, nor to challenge the renting market, which prices students out of acceptable houses, but for something decidedly more backwards looking. Yes, we're still talking about tuition fees.

NUS Announces More Anti-Lib Dem Billboards Despite Student Opposition

The Huffington Post UK | Victoria Farley | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students will put up three more anti-Liberal Democrat billboards from Thursday, despite opposition for the campaign from student...

Student Disunion

Chris Whiting | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Recently the National Union of Students (NUS) released their pre-general election campaign for 2015, a tradition that is supposed to mobilise the youth vote and champion student politics on a national stage - however this year's campaign is less remarkable for the promotion of student involvement in the democratic process and more for partisan alienation of those who don't subscribe to a very specific ideology.

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?

Pale, Stale, Male: Why Getting Grime Legend Wiley Commemorated by Our University Is Serious Business

Sean Richardson | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sean Richardson

Mollah's ideas tie in to a growing complaint from the student movement at the moment - that their education is stuffed to bursting point with white, dead men. Recently, the University of the Arts London addressed this very issue, branding their courses 'stale, pale and male.'

The NUS Told Its Student Delegates To Use Jazz Hands Instead Of Clapping - And Got Absolutely Rinsed

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students was the subject of ridicule on Tuesday after telling its delegates to use jazz hands instead of clapping in order to av...

Universities Are Gearing Up For Student Elections - So What Should You Expect?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Democracy, as made famous by the Scottish Referendum, is seen as a spell that sparks vast swathes of a population into taking meaningful political action. On university campuses, however, democracy is a little more virulent in nature.

This Election, It's Time to Take on the Scandal of Tax-Dodging

Jenny Ricks | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jenny Ricks

We all pay our tax. But as we've seen from scandal after scandal in the last few years, companies like Amazon, Google and Starbucks can get away without paying their fair share. Every year the UK loses billions of pounds to corporate tax dodging.

A Muslim Student's Hopes for 2015

Haseeb Hamid | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Haseeb Hamid

Growing hostility towards Muslims from the general public is frankly worrying for British society-this must be changed. To create the unity we all so desperately need for Britain's future, teamwork is crucial: both Muslims and the rest of society must rally to resolve issues in the 21st Century.

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.

Is There Any Room for the Right in Student Politics?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

The anti-establishment nature of the student movement has also been a permanent, seemingly uncompromising fixture. Some of the major issues facing students too - rising rents and the day-to-day costs of living for example - could arguably be fixed by implementing a series of interventionist policies than by relying on the free market.

Lucy Sherriff

#FreeEducation Demo Sees Protesters Arrested As They Storm Parliament Square

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Protesters have been arrested and flares set off as hundreds stormed Parliament Square during a demonstration against tuition fees - despite metal rai...

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.

'Shameful' NUS Accused Of Encouraging Students To Withdraw From National Demo

The Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has been accused of "actively encouraging" students’ unions to pull out of the upcoming Free Education demo - after i...

NUS Kicks DJ Out Of Conference For Playing Blurred Lines

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students gave a DJ the boot from its annual conference after he played Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines - a song which has previousl...

Sheffield SU and NUS Ban on Julie Bindle - An Affront to Free Speech, our Intellectual freedom and an Insult to Students .

Liam Deacon | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Last week Julie Bindle, the feminist and journalist, was due to speak at our Student Union - except - at the last minute the student management team stepped in and banned her on our behalf.

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.

NUS Poll Proves Young People Do Care... But Will They Vote?

Dan Falvey | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Falvey

The old myth that young people are apathetic to politics could soon be proved wrong. According to a poll by the National Union of Students (NUS), a total of 73 per cent of students are now registered to vote.

Oxford Students Aren't Pleased With The NUS' Transparency Over That Israel Boycott Meeting

The Huffington Post UK | Ben Jackson | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Student politicians from Oxford University have written to the NUS complaining of a lack of transparency at Monday's National Executive Council (NEC),...

NUS Votes To Boycott Israel In Controversial Decison

The Huffington Post UK | Ben Jackson | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has passed a motion boycotting companies that support Israel, but has risked alienating its Jewish members. Represen...

Gender Segregation: Why the Latest EHRC Guidance for Universities is a Secular Victory

Chris Malburn | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malburn

Everyone has freedom of (and from) religion and belief, and the right to practice however they like, but it should never impact upon the freedom of others to live their lives how they wish. That the government is choosing to uphold this basic but vital principle is a fantastic victory for secularism, humanism and feminism, and another step towards a more equal and fair society.