For nearly 100 years, Jewish students and UJS have worked with NUS to combat racism and fascism, to fight for a better world. It saddens me greatly that because of antisemitic comments and crucially, a lack of action from its current president, Jewish students will take a decision this Sunday that could suspend UJS' relationship with NUS.
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.
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.
The current state of film education has been on my mind. I am launching a film studies course in January, based at London's historic Phoenix cinema an...
I'm not saying that City's Student Union doesn't have a responsibility to oppose "fascism and social divisiveness in the UK media", it absolutely does. We all do. But what we must do is debate. We must try to understand each other. We must not silence any one voice in the hopes that it'll go away if we ignore it long enough.
When in danger education deserves to be fought for. On Saturday, thousands of students and lecturers from up and down the UK will do just that. We will march through the capital in defence of post-16 education, and put forward, collectively, our vision of a free, liberated and accessible education for all, at any point in life. Tories are imposing funding cuts and area reviews on colleges. Job losses, ever growing student numbers, and shoe-string support budgets are the reality for a growing number of FE students. Add to that the previous governments scrapping of Education Maintenance Allowance and a very bleak image of colleges in the UK emerges.
If the UK government isn't going to protect its Universities, then it should hand over powers to the Scottish government so we can ensure they continue to gain the greatest benefit possible from our fantastic international students.
Just thinking about students' health for a moment, especially student mental health, there is evidence even among school pupils that exams are a major source of anxiety which can lead to ill-health. This is another important reason for re-examining the role of exams.
In this era of £9,000 fees and graduate repayments, students - and their parents - are understandably demanding more from universities and asking how their fees are being spent.
It is notoriously difficult to predict the technologies of the future: who can forget Tomorrow's World presenter Raymond Baxter confidently espousing the merits of paper underwear, or 'Whispering' Ted Lowe being forced to improvise by an uncooperative snooker-playing robot on the same programme?
During my five years campaigning, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing that needs to happen is a shift in our cultural attitudes toward women and sex. Improved laws, better university policies, all of these things can help, but without broader changes in culture, we will always be fighting a losing battle.
Theresa May's government needs to work with the HE sector to decouple international students from the question of immigration. It should also listen to the British public and recognise that international students are very valuable, temporary visitors who make an enormous economic and cultural contribution to the UK.
So AQA I ask you this, please explain to me what other A level subject does this? I do not want a scripted piece about your dedication to inclusive education, I want an A grade answer citing examples, comparing and contrasting your chosen subject to the Archaeology syllabus.
As a rule, I tend to the nitty-gritty of my daily life separate from my writing. But, a recent experience reminded me of an issue that doesn't really make it into the mainstream media nowadays - Brexit, Trump and Putin in Syria leave very little space for anything else. The issue is LGBT rights in immigrant and ethnic minority communities.
Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.
The majority of this strategy is aimed at the Muslim community. It has an alienating effect of a community already experiencing discrimination and rising hate crime. In the past, it would have been others and who knows who it might be used against in future. It is all entirely counter-productive. There is no evidence that it has prevented anything. It is time for a major review of the strategy and a fundamental rethink by Government.