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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 ...

Cameron Tears Into NUS For Links With 'Jihadi John Apologists'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

David Cameron has slammed the National Union of Students for its links with Cage - the advocacy group which has previously been accused of being Jihad...

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?

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?