Saturday 19 November saw 15,000 students and lecturers join together to march in defence of education and rally to speeches from student leaders, academics, union activists and journalists queueing up to tell us why we should tell our government to "TEF Off!" I'm proud to say that I was there, standing shoulder to shoulder with my brothers, sisters and what Malia Bouattia, president of the NUS, called our "non-binary siblings".
During my five years campaigning, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing that needs to happen is a shift in our cultural attitudes toward women and sex. Improved laws, better university policies, all of these things can help, but without broader changes in culture, we will always be fighting a losing battle.
I am listening to the concerns of Jewish students and the Jewish community and want to offer reassurances that I will do all I can to combat antisemitism. As I've said before, I regret that my choice of words in the past has been interpreted as otherwise.
There is an age-old cliché that students are the leaders of tomorrow, yet too many student leaders are now part of a problem which has left thousands of Jewish students without any trust in the organisation which is supposed to represent them on a national level. When the seriousness of antisemitism is trivialised in this way by those at the top of a movement, we should worry about the direction in which our society is heading.
As a Jewish student who has experienced online anti-Semitic abuse, the urgency of the report initially seemed comforting, a call for all those fighting against racism to stand united. Reading the report however, I was dismayed to detect severe shortcomings and underlying bias.
It isn't steps like safe spaces or no platforming adopted by our students which have stopped "innovation of thought" and threatened how we "develop as a country, society and economy" as May suggested. For that the Prime Minister should take a look at herself and her government.
Fighting for decent affordable housing is a crucial aspect of improving students' lives. That's why we will support student rent strikes across the country, and continue to raise the issue nationally. We will provide advice to students facing housing difficulties and support those who want to take action. And by doing all of this, we will put student housing at the heart of our vision for a free, accessible and liberated education.
The evidence is clear: Prevent is an untenable infringement. The only people still defending the policy are May and her Government, in defiance of the experts. The question now is not if, but when Prevent will be repealed; and how those violated by it will be vindicated.
It would be so easy to be cynical when faced with such mendacity. Yet I am still hopeful. The energy, passion and idealism from students throughout this campaign has been inspiring. Students have a duty to keep Britain progressive, hopeful and fair, and I believe they will. It is up to our political leaders to respond in kind.
I'm not going to pretend that the EU is perfect. Like all organisations there is more that could be done to make it transparent and effective, but I want to make it perfectly clear that for every student voting in this referendum on 23 June this should not be our only interaction with the EU.
There are just over three weeks before one of the most important votes in our country's history. The EU referendum on 23 June will be a defining decision for this generation of young Brits. Many have already made up their mind - polls show us that most of Britain's young people support staying in the European Union. But as we get closer to polling day one thing is clear - it doesn't matter which way you intend to vote, if you aren't registered to vote in the place you will be in on June 23rd, your voice won't be heard.
In Student Unions across the country, discontent with the "National" Union of Students continues to grow. In Exeter, despite a narrow defeat, the Leav...
Can NUS change and improve? I think it can. Does NUS properly represent 600 students' unions and through them, their students? We certainly give it a good go. Do we want to be seen as a credible, legitimate campaigning organisation? Yes, we very much do. But one question that's really bugged me, is the most obvious and Monty Python-esque of all. What has NUS ever done for me?
As students from across the country start to mobilise campaigns to leave the National Union of Students (NUS), both the NUS and pro-NUS Students' Unions are upping the ante. But whilst disaffiliation referendums are being proposed in various universities thanks to student-led efforts, the pro-NUS opposition - with the help of various paid full-time officers - is throwing everything it's got.
In case you hadn't heard, the National Union of Students (NUS) is in hot water. After accusations of undemocratic behaviour, anti-Semitism from the President and otherwise astonishing politics from a bunch of secretive radical cliques, it faces mutiny from numerous universities, asking their students to vote on whether the individual unions should remain a part of the national body...
I urge anyone currently voting on this issue to take a long, hard look at the arguments and motivations of those proposing such measures, together with their potential implications for the student body as a whole. For those of you voting for knee-jerk or ideological reasons, this post's take-home message also carries a warning...