Student Unions

Today, Let's #LoveSUs Making A Massive Difference to Students' Lives And Communities

Simon Blake | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Blake

Today is #LoveSUs day - the second year NUS has run a national campaign day to celebrate all things amazing about students' unions and the collective work we do for and with students and their communities day in day out.

Three Reasons You Should #LoveSUs

Richard Brooks | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

On Friday, December 2, NUS is hosting #LoveSUs day across 600 Students' unions in UK. This campaign has created last year in the aftermath of the government's Higher Education Green Paper, which directly attacked the legitimacy of students' unions and their power as the representative voice of students.

University Backtracks On Discussions To Ban National Anthem Linked to 'Far Right Nationalism'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A university has backtracked after saying it would consider banning the national anthem at graduation ceremonies because a student union officer compl...

This Cat Just Became A Student Union President, Sort Of

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A students' union has unveiled its latest honorary president - a slinking cat who has lived on campus for a decade. Southampton University Students' U...

11 Awkwardly Controversial Decisions Made By Student Unions

The Huffington Post | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

This week student unions across the country began campaigns to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students following the election of Malia ...

Student Subjected To 'Safe Space' Vote Simply For Raising Her Hand

The Huffington Post UK | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A student at Edinburgh University received a "ludicrous" complaint after she raised her arms during a meeting. Imogen Wilson, Vice President for ac...

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

Chloe Schendel-Wilson | Posted 10.01.2017 | 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.

Saving the Environment Is a Big Task, but Student Campaigns are a Good Place to Start

Louis Sherman | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

Student campaigning is becoming ever more vital and it should give us all a little bit of hope. It appears to be happening nationwide with a variety of universities, so we can hope this current success extends into the future and the environmental issues we face now may begin to get tackled.

Our House, Our Rules

Toke Dahler | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Toke Dahler

The Times is under no obligation to publish every bigot with an opinion piece, and The Times are not suppressing free speech every time they choose not to push forward a 'controversial' agenda. When students' unions decide not to wear sombreros for a club night, they are not banning anything. They are not infringing on anyone's right to free speech.

The NUS Play at Geopolitics Because Listening to Students Is Hard Work

Gregor Smith | Posted 24.07.2016 | 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.

Edinburgh Uni's Student Union Bans Strawpedoing. #JeSuisStrawpedo Revolt Ensues

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Edinburgh University students are up in arms after their student union banned strawpedoing as part of its "duty" to prevent irresponsible drinking. ...

"You Are Hot, But I Don't Date Monkeys"

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

I do not want to live in a colour-blind society; we should not pretend that our individuality does not exist; the problem does not lie in acknowledging differences but rather in being ignorant. What distinguishes us does not make us inferior or superior, it makes us diverse.

Dear Fresher, Enclosed is Some Advice, Love From the Students of Plymouth University

Madison Taylor | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Fresher's week, starting university and leaving all your home comforts behind is all that applicant students will be thinking about this summer. Whilst there is a lot of excited adrenaline coursing through veins, there will also be a lot of trepidation and nervousness.

Student Union Elections: Does Your Vote Matter?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

With candidates making promises to have a pay-as-you-go gym, a free annual music event or free printer credits, it seems a shame that the elections still fail to capture the attention of the majority of the student population. Students should try to engage more with Guild politics to get the most out of their university experience and ensure that they are fully represented by the best possible candidate.

Watch 9 Of The Cringiest University Videos

The Huffington Post UK | Molly Turnley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students and student unions, we're looking at you. We know you're trying to mock yourselves in order to get support and be the "funny ones on campus",...

Guide Dogs Call for New Law to Make Streets Safer

Emily Davison | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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 24.05.2014 | 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 24.05.2014 | 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 23.05.2014 | 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.