Student Rights

Muslim and LGBTQ Students Unite Against 'Student Rights' in Run Up to NUS Conference

Hilary Aked | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

It's sometimes said that attack is the best form of defence. Some of those think tanks and agitators who seem intent on marginalising Muslims appear to have worked out that the reverse is also true: while some right wingers are happy to go along with direct demonization campaigns, in order to get liberals to jump on the bandwagon of an Islamophobic campaign, defense is often the best form of attack...

Student Rights Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine as Fifth SU Publicly Condemns 'Anti-Extremism' Group

Hilary Aked | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

Another students union has officially condemned the 'anti-extremism' organisation 'Student Rights'. On Thursday Kingston university became the fifth campus (following motions at LSE, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, and UCL) to join the counter-campaign called 'Real Student Rights' which continues to grow on the back of coverage in the national press.

LSE Students' Union Slams Controversial 'Student Rights' Group

Mohamed Harrath | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mohamed Harrath

Students' unions across London including at UCL, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, and LSE, have adopted 'no-engagement' policies against Student Rights with more unions expected to pass the motion in coming weeks.

Setting the Record Straight on Student Rights

Rupert Sutton | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

With the issue of gender segregation in the media, attacks on those opposing this practice have been epitomised on this website by Hilary Aked, who ignores the broad mass of public opinion that refused to accept guidance excusing discrimination.

Lucy Sherriff

Topless Protest Planned Against 'Forced' Gender Segregation Guidelines

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Topless protesters will gather together on Tuesday to demonstrate against "forced" gender segregation at universities, following a controversial repor...

Anti-Gay Islamic Preacher 'Set For London Conference'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

A campaign group has furiously responded to reports an Islamic preacher who demanded gays "be thrown off a mountain" is due to speak at a faith confer...

Lucy Sherriff

MPs Deserting Counter-Extremism Group Amid Controversial Links

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Politicians are deserting counter-extremism group Student Rights, the Huffington Post UK can exclusively reveal, following the group's controversial c...

Defending the Right of - Muslim - Students

Chris Moos | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

Whether or not students want to segregate, in a liberal and democratic society the right to practising one's faith stops where one starts imposing it on others. Contrary to what some assert, there is no right of the religiously observant to impose their sensibilities on others.

Lucy Sherriff

'Inaccurate Headlines And Exaggeration'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An anti-extremism organisation has blamed "inaccurate" newspaper headlines for creating a public backlash in which the group was accused of leading a ...

Student Rights 'Campus Extremism' Study: Dishonest Pseudo-Science in Support Of a Toxic Narrative

Hilary Aked | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

Student Rights is seeking to police, not 'protect' students and its activities should be seen as part of the 'Cold War on British Muslims'. Its activities feed into an increasingly entrenched discourse of Islamophobia endorsed by much of the government and mainstream media. Universities should be wary of its lobbying efforts, the media should interrogate its misleading research and FOSIS should be commended for standing up to its bullying.

Separate Toilets for Men and Women - Serious Issue of Discrimination

Shohana Khan | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics
Shohana Khan

Don't agree with the title? Well you are not alone, as neither do I. But student equality rights group, Student Rights, believes segregation of men and women is a cause for deep concern in University events. But not in toilets, or in society. In particular in Muslim university events.

It's Time to Stop Demonising Muslim Students

Mohamed Harrath | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mohamed Harrath

The Times featured a piece yesterday headlined 'Extremists preaching to students in Britain'. This conflation of extremism with increased religiosity and religious observance is indicative of just how muddled and confused the debate around campus extremism has become.

Lucy Sherriff

'We're Demonised'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Muslim students have lashed out at claims in a study that extremists are segregating and denigrating women, saying they are being "increasingly demoni...

Fighting Privatisation to Save Student Jobs

Gary Spedding | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

A Students' Union is run by students for students. This is the line, in one shape or another that we are continually told when it comes to our Students' Unions. More than just a building, a Students' Union is a place for many of its members to come for support, advice, help, employment and most importantly; fair democratic representation.

Students To Protest At Appearance Of 'Radical' Muslim Cleric

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students at a London University have organised a protest against the planned appearance of a Muslim cleric, who has previously been accused of advocat...

Malignment of International Students at Westminster Must End

Gary Spedding | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

We simply must challenge and put an end to the deliberate malignment of International students at Westminster, they are not the fall guys for Cameron's promised reduction in immigration. Its time our MPs stood up for our students!

Jihadist Videos on University Facebook Page Demonstrate the Threat of Radicalisation

Rupert Sutton | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

In March this year, it was reported that a number of students and lecturers had come out in criticism of the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy, arguing that it was "open to discriminatory interpretations" and that it unfairly singled out the risk of Islamist extremism as a threat.

False Accusations of Violent Threats are a Cowardly Way to Avoid Debate

Rupert Sutton | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

Recently my organisation reported on the cancellation of an event at the University of Westminster which was due to feature Jamal Harwood, a senior member of the Islamist organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir, as one of its speakers.

Student Outrage At Israel Suicide Bomb Supporter To Speak At University

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A Palestinian academic who has publicly backed suicide bombings in Israel has provoked student outrage ahead of a speech at a London university. Az...

FOSIS Dodge the Issue of Campus Radicalisation Once Again

Rupert Sutton | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

Accusing your opponents of demagoguery and scaremongering is one of the oldest political tricks in the book, yet the facts simply do not add up here. FOSIS claim that the community they represent is being unfairly demonised yet they organise events with extremists and refuse to engage with organisations like ourselves when we contact them.