Student Unions

Guide Dogs Call for New Law to Make Streets Safer

Emily Davison | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Davison

Leading UK Charity Guide Dogs for the Blind Association UK founded in 1934, providing mobility and support for sight impaired and severely sight impaired people; have recently been working towards creating new laws and legislations that enable citizens with sight loss and mobility needs to live independent lives.

Students' Unions Are Political, Whether You Like It or Not

Jamie Green | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Green

In my two years as a sabbatical officer I've spent lots of time debating issues and ideas. One that keeps arising time and time again (particularly around election time I might add) is that of the Students' Union being 'Political' - for some this makes sense, for others taking stances this is divisive or unrepresentative. I think that either way your Union is political and I'd like to say why.

George Galloway, Rape Culture, and Our Students' Unions

Gee Linford-Grayson | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gee Linford-Grayson

You don't have to ban George Galloway from speaking; just don't invite him, or others like him, in the first place. Our students' unions are undoubtedly a place for lively academic debate, and for students to discuss real-world issues in a safe environment. However, inviting rape deniers and apologists voids this safe environment...

Swansea Students' Union Meltdown?

Gemma Parry | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Several things have happened in my students' union at Swansea University within the last few weeks, leading up to the Full Time Officer Elections, which are starting this week (24th March). It's been an interesting past few weeks, with student participation, awareness and involvement in the students' union at an all time high...

Watch: Student Releases Hilarious Wolf of Wall Street Parody To Run For Union President

The Huffington Post UK | Imogen Groome | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student has released a hilarious parody of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" for his student election campaign video, which features snort...

Why Are Students So Disengaged With University Politics?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Clark | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nothing polarises the student population quite like election season; some students passionately throw themselves into campaigning and canvassing while...

Students' Union Censorship is Glumly Predictable

David Siesage | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Siesage

With a heavy sense of impotence weighing on their shoulders, and in the spirit of 'making a difference', it seems almost inevitable that many will turn to this sort of self-aggrandising gesture politics: ban this, support that; censor this, 'stand in solidarity' with that.

10 Ways You Know It's Student Election Season

The Huffington Post UK | Doug Bolton | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education


Student Union Uses Joseph Stalin To Promote Campus Politics Event

The Huffington Post UK | Doug Bolton | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A students' union is facing a backlash after using an image of former dictator of the USSR Joseph Stalin to promote their upcoming elections. The c...

Why Oxford Students Voted LJ Trup

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

The national press have recently been obsessing with the election of Louis Trup to the presidency of Oxford University's student union. Trup is far from being a joke. Sure he's a hilarious guy. After all, writing a manifesto - sorry I meant 'personifesto' - completely in crayon was absolute genius. We cannot deny that LJ Trup is good fun - but he's no joke.

Oxford's New 'Spoof' President Defends His 'Personifesto'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University's students recently elected a somewhat controversial new president, Louis Trup, who shot to popularity with his flipflop-wearing, cr...

There Are No Blurred Lines Here - The Ban Is Unquestionably Needed

Sophie Jackson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Jackson

For months, the debate over universities' decisions to ban Blurred Lines has remained heated. The obvious reason for the ban is that the song is rife with sexism and casual support of rape culture. There is no doubt that the song is sexist. Robin Thicke himself does not deny that it demeans women...

PICTURES: Students Protest Over Page 3

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students took to the streets across England to campaign against the Sun's use of topless models on page three, as well as urging their universities to...

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

Student In Blackface Halloween Costume Wins First Prize In Fancy Dress

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student who painted his face black was awarded first prize in a Halloween fancy dress competition by his student union - despite others dubbing the ...

Universities Warned Over Gagging Clauses To Prevent Students' Criticism

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Universities have been warned against gagging their students after Edinburgh University slapped a clause on its student union preventing it making "de...

Lucy Sherriff

Blurred Lines Banned | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

London students are the latest to crack down on Robin Thicke's controversial Blurred Lines songs, which has been described as "disgusting" and "rapey"...

I Know You DON'T Want It - The Ban on 'Blurred Lines' and Why Other Universities Should Do the Same

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

It is Blurred Lines' connotations with misogyny and sexual violence that have prompted the university boycotts. Social media is now rife with shouts of "censorship is not the solution" and "it's just a song" but I for one would absolutely support my university in banning it, and strongly urge them to do so.

The Bag Says It All...

The Huffington Post UK | Fionn Shiner | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Pay your interns" bags, which are the latest effort in the campaign to encourage employers to pay their interns, have proved a huge hit among student...

University of London Union To Shut To 'Save Money'..

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Angry students at the University of London have vowed to fight an "illegitimate" decision to shut their student union made by university officials. ...

UEA: Number One, But For How Long?

Victoria Finan | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Victoria Finan

The Union of UEA Students, led by four full-time officers elected from the student body, provide many of the services that make the UEA student experience so great- club nights, sports teams, student media including a newspaper, radio station and television studio to name just a few. Unsurprisingly, these services cost an awful lot of money to run- and the pot is running out.

Lucy Sherriff

WHSmith Launches Secret Takeover Bid On Student Unions | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Stationary giant WHSmith has emailed universities across the UK in a bid to oust student-run shops from unions, meaning student clubs and societies wo...

Without the Circus of SU Elections, How Much Worse Off Would You and I Really Be?

Alex Gabriel | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Gabriel

Look at our student unions today, and you'll see them morphing into propaganda tools for careerists and figures like Sneade, riddled with internal manoeuvring and corruption, British far left colluding with Islamist far right to censor and suppress. If they want our trust, it should take more than vaudevillian speechmaking and e-voting codes.

NUS 'No Platform' Rule: Student Protection?

Sam Mercer | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Mercer

The University of Chester Debating Society attempted to host an event with the MP for Bradford West, George Galloway. As an elected official, the society thought that his contribution to a debate on immigration would be valued (probably controversial) and contestable - as is the nature of a debate. However, due to the National Union of Students' (NUS) 'No Platform' policy, his appearance was barred.

Student Elections or Social Media Popularity Contests: Taking the Internet out of the Running

Abbie Cavendish | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Abbie Cavendish

With the ever-present network of social media sites used widely by students, along with nominees who know to capitalise on the purchasing power of offering free anything as part of their manifesto, many students are becoming disillusioned with union elections as being nothing more than a popularity contest for better known students.