Some 200 people attended the biggest ever NUS Black Students conference in Coventry last weekend.
It passed left wing policies on many challenges facing today’s black communities within wider society, including gun and knife crime, the rise of the Nazi BNP, the “war on terror” and Islamophobia.
In general there was a strong feeling of unity surrounding policies passed, but the conference was divided over who should take the campaign forward.
Two of the three candidates for black students officer were firmly tied to the Labour Party, while the third, Assed Baig, is a Student Respect activist. The position eventually went to Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy, a Labour supporter.
The black students’ campaign also voted to back the anti-BNP march taking place in London on 21 June.