Student Politics

Ten Times NUS Won for Students

Richard Brooks | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

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?

Apathy Mixed With Relief - My Reaction to Exeter's NUS Vote

James Beeson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

The NUS isn't perfect, but to use the analogy a friend of mine put on Facebook, neither is the government. But when a Conservative majority (or Labour majority if you're right-wing) is voted for, you don't threaten to leave the country. You stay, and you criticise, and you vote for someone new.

The Ugly Self-Actualisation of the NUS

David Browne | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

It should now be clearer than ever that the NUS has very little intention of taking the responsibilities that would come with being "the definitive national voice in students" - whether through the candidates it elects to speak on behalf of all students...

Safe Spaces Are Not Demanding Very Much

Imogen Wilson | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Wilson

Common sense and free speech ultimately prevailed, and what happened to me was a glitch in an otherwise important, inclusive and functional policy. I'm not afraid to stand up to the tweeter who claimed I was worse than Putin and Assad combined, and I certainly won't apologise for defending discrimination-free spaces.

International Students in the UK Are Currently Faced With a Thinly-Veiled Post-Study Expulsion Order

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

It is time to recognise that there is a serious problem in the UK, in the treatment of international students. Indeed, after paying unregulated fees through the roof, non-EU international students face an increasingly impossible situation upon graduation.

Stolen Campaign Banner Struggle Finally Over for LUU Exec Candidate

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Hinchcliffe

The struggle is finally over for LUU Exec candidate, Jack Palmer's campaign banner after it was returned by hostage takers demanding tickets to the Leeds University Union club night, Fruity. The demands were set out a week ago from the anonymous students, with a ransom demand of several Fruity tickets after stealing the banner for warmth from the freezing Leeds early morning conditions.

Oxford University's Labour Club Accused Of 'Having A Problem With Jews'

The Huffington Post UK | Benjamin Salmon | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has been accused of "having a problem with Jews" by its former Jewish co-chair, who stood down from his role ...

This Is The Slickest Student Union Election Video You'll Ever See

The Huffington Post UK | Alex Jackson | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A budding student politician has launched his campaign for student president by parodying hit singles from the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars and Macklemo...

My Bursary Meant I Could Spend My Final Year In the Library, Not Manning a Till

Karl Hobley | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karl Hobley

The news last week that the conservative government is converting the last remaining non repayable grants and bursaries into loans for students is sadly becoming far from surprising. This extra support, given to the poorest or neediest students on top of their loans, can make the difference between accessing university or never setting foot on campus.

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.

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 li...

Manchester's Student Labour Society 'Splits' In Two - So Pro-Corbyn Members Have Their Own Group

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The student Labour society at Manchester University is reportedly to "split" in two, with pro-Corbyn supporters setting up a separate group. The al...

Why Students Are Marching Against a Government Waging a War on the Young and the Working Classes

Hannah Sketchley | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Sketchley

Today, students and activists will take to the streets of London to demand free education and living grants for all. We are putting forward these two positive demands, but they are made in the face of an incredibly negative situation.

UCL Hands Out £100k To Students Striking Over Rent

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

University College, London is to hand out almost £100,000 to students who have been campaigning, protesting and striking over rent for the past seven...

Loud Liberalism Will Save the Lib Dems

Chris Whiting | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Now, four months after our near obliteration, we are convalescing at an encouraging speed. Loud liberalism will save our party and our country. More than ever, the Liberal Democrats need Britain and Britain needs the Liberal Democrats - please don't let us be right without power again.

After Reading This Article, the First Thing I Did Was Join the Women's Equality Party

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

In a recent article on Breitbart.com, a website well known for its Fox News-esque drivel, a man of less integrity than a soggy digestive biscuit wrote...

A Typical Tory Transaction: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Grants Cut for the Poorest Students

Shelly Asquith | Posted 08.07.2016 | 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?

Ignorance Is Not Strength: We Need to Stop Being Scared of Debate

Charlie Simpson | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

There is a growing problem in politics today. In both the left and the right there are those so self-righteous they will either refuse to engage in debate or try and prevent you from doing so. Often these are important causes that get hijacked by this oppressive minority.

Human What? - Why the Tories Want to Scrap the Human Right Act

Hannah Jandu | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Jandu

With the election of a fresh Conservative government what better time to re-write, what those on the continent call, the 'Human Rights Act'. I don't know about you, but there is no one I trust more than the party that has, in the past 5 years, marched over 900,000 adults and children to food banks, to create an independent 'British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities'. I mean, nothing says 'dignity for all' like relying on the generosity of others to feed your children.

Tory Government: What Does It Mean for Students?

Shelly Asquith | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

In the last five years, students have been attacked at every corner. In the next five, we must expect not 'more of the same' but much, much worse.

Channel 4 Streams the First Ever 'Youth Leaders Debate' - And It's About Time!

Sana Sarwar | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sana Sarwar

Seven youth party leaders took to the stage to debate key issues affecting young voters, ahead of the General Election May 7th. The debate was an onli...

What Do Students Want From the Next Government?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

What have you heard about the future of Higher Education in this General Election campaign? Political point-scoring and endless speculation around which party might prop up another for power makes it a challenge to hear much else above the noise...

Do Young People Hold the Key to the Future?

Tala Sweiss | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tala Sweiss

Young people are the leaders of the next generation, the young minds of the future. Yet it appears that with every election, the number of young people registering to vote is consistently declining.

Young People Should Vote to Make Politicians Listen

James Morris | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

Although it may not be apparent at times, all young people in the UK have much the same rights as their adult counterparts: the right to free speech, the right to liberty, the right to free thought. And once everyone reaches the age of eighteen the right to vote also becomes available - so why don't more young people use it?

Students Have Made Clear That the Current System Simply Cannot Continue: Why We're Occupying LSE

Jade Jackman | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Jackman

The culture and education at LSE is known for producing graduates destined for the city. We cannot ignore LSE's role in the relationship between the very financial institutions that brought the economy to its knees and continue to perpetuate economic injustices and fraud.