TPUK might go the way of other grassroots right-wing student movements... or we may have to stop laughing and start fighting back
The NUS needs a President who doesn't conform to and reinforce negative media narratives about students, but one who creates their own narrative through building a movement which can challenge the very discourses that seek to de-legitimise our organising. The NUS doesn't need a credible President, it needs an incredible one. And I'm sorry Tom, that President is not you.
This is a small battle in a huge conflict. It is a conflict between a state that provides for, nurtures and empowers it citizens, and a free-market, free-for-all that leaves all but a few worse off, that erodes notions like collective effort and genuine altruism and replaces them with individual greed and cut-throat competition.
An experience that obligates me to see the world through the eyes of my peers, no matter how much I disagree with them. That is what education does, it calls us all to see different points of view. The conservative and the liberal, the powerful and the powerless. We are all shaken out of our complacency, we are all forced beyond our limited vision - no one is exempt.
Plymouth University's Students' Union Were Wrong To Ban The Sun, The Express, And The Mail - Here's Why
No matter how much you despise them, the fact remains that the Daily Mail and The Sun are the most widely-circulated newspapers in the country. By banning them from being sold in the campus shop, the Students' Union have shielded their students from the views of a large chunk of this country's population, and have shied away from encouraging the sort of open and well-informed debate that should be at the heart of any university.
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.
Lincoln was one of three universities to leave the NUS over the summer
Students at the University of Lincoln have overwhelmingly voted to rejoin the National Union of Students (NUS), just five
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?
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.