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It's Time to Talk About Student Mental Health

Shelly Asquith | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

Ultimately, if we cannot look after ourselves, we are unable to look after others. This is not me saying 'don't be an officer' or 'give me a break'. It is an appeal to everyone to take up the issue of mental health as a political priority. To talk, as well as act. The student movement will be stronger if we all put our minds to it.

Students Are Being Shut Out of Our Democracy

Megan Dunn | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

It's no coincidence the government has pushed this change through as quietly as possible. There are just months to go before local, mayoral and assembly elections across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This isn't democracy. But you can still register to vote up to three weeks before the elections...

Complacency From the Prime Minister Will Not Guarantee Access to Education

Megan Dunn | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

Maintenance grants support some 500,000 of the poorest students. Converting these to loans will mean hundreds of thousands will graduate with debt of up to £53,000. These very facts was put directly to the Prime Minister at PMQs in the House of Commons and the complacency of his answer says it all.

We Must Protect Freedom of Speech, But Not at the Cost of Student Safety

Richard Brooks | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

Of course we must protect freedom of speech. But this should not be at the expense of students' wellbeing and safety, and it should never mean an open invite to those who do not believe in democracy itself.

The NUS Needs to Start Uniting, If It Really Wants to Achieve What It Is Truly Capable Of

Chloe Schendel-Wilson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Schendel-Wilson

Without putting their differences aside and fighting for the common ground that they all so strongly believe in, they are playing exactly into the stereotype that everyone has of them - childish. A bunch of kids trying to play politics. And if they keep at it, they will never get anywhere.

'Jihadi John Sympathisers' Are Speaking At Universities And The NUS Doesn't Seem To Mind

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students (NUS) has tried to rubbish a Daily Mail story that claims Jihadi John sympathisers are speaking at universities, but ha...

The Destructive Toxicity of Modern Student Politics

Conor Matchett | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Matchett

Picture courtesy of Matt Dinnery Student politics has a problem. A big problem. For my whole University experience the politics that surrounds the l...

The Politicisation of the NUS Needs to Stop Now

Charlie Simpson | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

The NUS is a confederation of 600 student unions and its mission is to 'promote, defend and extend student rights', and strengthen student unions. This is an organisation that has the power to affect real change and yet it is neglecting this duty and is instead becoming increasingly politicised.

As British Parliament Votes for Airstrikes, Public Mood Shifts Further Away From Intervention

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Although many feel emotionally drained and furious after the vote to engage in Syria, the anti war movement will only grow in light of this latest military engagement. Students from all over the country are planning actions to oppose airstrikes and will not rest until they are finally listened to.

Osborne's Spending Review Punishes Students Who Are Transforming Lives

Megan Dunn | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

The generation of students that I represent now find themselves facing a crisis in the cost of studying and living. A crisis which means learners in colleges and undergraduates at university are having to choose between putting food on the table and paying the electricity bill. The 'choices' the government are so proud of creating for students have become about heating or eating. This is a crisis that we have to tackle.

Men Must Challenge Lad Culture Too

Richard Brooks | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

We can't be bystanders. We need to be proactive and lead by example to stop this culture from defining what masculinity 'should' be. We mustn't be complacent, because that leads to complicity. I know I don't want to be responsible for creating exclusive spaces that are only for the few, and not for the student movement in its entirety. Do you?

The "Ideological Totalism" of Higher Education Today

Julian Vigo | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Julian Vigo

In recent months there has been a slew of interesting critiques of the move to censor free speech by students. From Lori Horvitz' "Life Doesn't Come w...

Just Seven Days Left to Save Our Democracy

Gloria De Piero | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

Today NUS and Labour join forces and are calling for action. We have been working together for some time to ensure that as many people as possible can take part in our democracy and to make it the vibrant, exciting opportunity that we know it can be. We need to make sure that as many people as possible and students all over the country register to vote in the next week. In the next election it is imperative that their voices are heard loud and clear.

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.

The Campus Censors Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Alan Grant | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Heavyweight feminist intellectual Germaine Greer has recently attracted the ire of the Thought Police for her comments about transgender people. At ti...

We Need Consent Taught at Universities

Rachel May | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel May

Teaching consent at Universities is not a cure-all: it is a start. We must take young people and sexual assault seriously, and the NUS and Students' Unions are taking necessary steps to do so. For those berating the need for further action, those disputing whether this is enough: there is no better place to start fighting rape culture and concepts of patriarchal masculinity, than in a classroom.

Why Is BDS Different?

Russell Langer | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Russell Langer

If those forcing you to make this decision cared about solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict then they would not be forcing you to make this decision now. They would encourage you to do what students are taught to do; conduct your own research and reach your own informed decision.

An Open Letter to Megan Dunn, President of the NUS

Rob Comley | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Comley

Dear Megan Dunn, I hope this open letter will lead to politically aware Eurosceptic students coming out of hiding. From experience, going against the grain, and in particularly the directives of the National Union of Students (NUS), is frowned upon strongly by your representatives, and I apologise in advance for not agreeing with your views...

In Response to Theresa May's Conference Speech

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Yesterday, Theresa May made it clear how she and her government see migrants. By saying 'high migration made a cohesive society impossible', May proved it is an intolerant and hateful ideology that drives the government's immigration policy, rather than sensible and rational policy.

Ministers Urge Students To Back Counter-Radicalisation Programme Prevent

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers are urging the National Union of Students to back the government's counter-radicalisation programme Prevent after the union voted to oppose ...

NUS Storm Over Invite To 'ISIS Apologists' Who Called Jihadi John 'Beautiful'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has defended inviting one of the directors of CAGE - a group which said Jihadi John was a "beautiful man" - to speak at...

Why Aren't Students Kicking Off Over Debt?

The Huffington Post UK | Liam Marchant | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

For all that’s said about the 'enriching experience' of higher education, university is becoming incredibly expensive. On top of the tens of tho...

Students, Academics and Professional Staff Need to Stand Together to End Lad Culture

Susuana Amoah | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Susuana Amoah

If we're going to tackle a problem as complex and institutionalised as lad culture we need time and resources to build a strong framework against it... It's incredible to see students and staff members so engaged with the issues and ideas shared on our pilot project so far, but this is just one of many possible actions.

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.

NUS Condemns Its Own President For 'Breaking Israel Boycott' With A Coca Cola Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has censured its own president for allegedly failing to implement a boycott on Israel, by agreeing to a deal with Coca ...