Students at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol have voted by 89 percent to continue being part of the National Union of Students (NUS).
The vote came in a referendum on NUS affiliation. In a week when the focus should have been on building for the NUS’s national demonstration, efforts were instead poured into making sure UWE did not go down an isolationist route.
Southampton University has already disaffiliated. Its student union president came to UWE to campaign for disaffiliation from the NUS.
The motion for the referendum, passed last year, was put by two previous student union officers. University management would benefit from a weak student union and a weak NUS.
Being part of the NUS means we can have a say as to how it is run. The 89 percent vote sets the scene for student participation in the NUS.
We now need to rid our union of the bureaucratic layer that has held it back from being the campaigning force it could be.