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Students build demo for free education

02 December 2008
Students are building for a national demonstration for free education and living grants next year – but the National Union of Students (NUS) is not supporting it.

Student march for funding

11 November 2008
Students will march on the government’s department for innovation and skills on Friday of this week to protest against the massive budget shortfall in higher education.

Student grant cuts attack on education rights

04 November 2008
It is a disgrace that 40,000 students will no longer receive the grants that the government promised them. Outrageously the National Union of Students is yet to properly respond to this attack on higher education.

Top-up fees could be Chris Patten’s new poll tax

07 October 2008
You would think that the middle of an economic crisis would be the worst time to argue to lift the cap on top-up fees for students.

Student loans: private companies tighten grip on graduates’ wallets

07 October 2008
The economic crisis is having a major effect on the ability of graduates to pay back their student loans.

NUS Black Students conference

03 June 2008
Some 200 people attended the biggest ever NUS Black Students conference in Coventry last weekend.

St Andrews students protest for affordable accommodation

06 May 2008
Students at the University of St Andrews protested on Friday of last week against the closure of Fife Park, one of the university’s two budget halls.

Vote blocks attacks on democracy in the NUS

08 April 2008
The National Union of Students (NUS) annual conference last week witnessed the defeat of a major attack on democracy.

Plans to gut NUS democracy are scuppered at conference

02 April 2008
The right wing project to "reform" the National Union of Students (NUS) into oblivion was defeated yesterday when its backers failed to win the necessary two thirds support for the plan at the NUS's national conference.

Pressure from below forced NUS to become radical

25 March 2008
The huge student movements of the 1960s largely bypassed the NUS, which activists wrote off as both irrelevant and hopelessly right wing.

Striking a blow for democracy at UCL

25 March 2008
Activists at University College London (UCL) were celebrating last week after they defeated the right’s attempt to suspend Sam Godwin, the student union’s general secretary, and reverse a democratic decision to block military recruitment on campus.

Student unions: coffee, booze and a career - but no politics

25 March 2008
The depoliticisation and commercialisation of student unions has found a particularly strong expression in King’s College, London, says student John Cooper.

Transforming the student union in Essex

25 March 2008
Students at Essex university have shown that it is possible to build campaigns outside the structures of student unions that can then capture its leading positions.

Why is the National Union of Students planning a vote to abolish itself?

25 March 2008
A key vote at next week’s annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) could see the organisation transformed from a campaigning body into a "professional lobbying group".

Victories confirmed for Student Respect at Essex and Goldsmiths students' unions

12 March 2008
Student Respect national committee members Dominic Kavakeb and Jennifer Jones have been elected to two of the most important student union sabbatical positions in the country.

Student conference votes on scrapping NUS democracy

11 December 2007
The National Union of Students (NUS) emergency conference on 4 December was the first round of voting on whether the union should scrap most of its democratic structures.

Silencing debate in the National Union of Students

16 October 2007
On Tuesday of last week – the day after hundreds of student activists descended on parliament – the National Union of Students (NUS) leadership revealed its 80 page long attack on its democratic structures to the national executive.

National Union of Students conference

07 April 2007
The annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS), which took place last week, was undoubtedly a difficult one for the left.

Manchester students’ victory against Islamophobia

25 November 2006
On Wednesday of last week, over 500 students attended the Manchester university student union general meeting where they voted for a motion against the BNP, and against an amendment enabling the banning of Muslim groups on campus.

Students on the march

04 November 2006
Thousands of students travelled to London last Sunday to join a National Union of Students (NUS) demonstration over education funding.

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