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‘United for Education’: Join the NUS National Demonstration – Saturday 19 November

7th November 2016

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On Saturday 19 November tens of thousands of students, lecturers and others will join forces to defend education on a national demonstration called by the National Union of Students (NUS) and University College Union (UCU).

Defend Malia Bouattia – open letter to the HASC on report titled ‘Antisemitism in the UK’

21st October 2016

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We, the undersigned, note with grave concern the findings of the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) on anti-Semitism. The report’s findings on the sharp growth in anti-Semitic incidents in the last year is deeply troubling, and is an urgent call to all those involved in fighting against racism, oppression, and for a better society more generally. We welcome the reports calls to take on anti-Semitism, as well as its focus on greater recognition of under-acknowledged areas of abuse, such as online platforms.

United for education – fighting austerity, cuts and fees

19th October 2016

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I’m Joss Knight, member of the Student Assembly Against Austerity national committee for Imperial College.

I will start by acknowledging that these are pretty bleak times for many people in Britain and elsewhere as the right wing have become more vocal and emboldened throughout Europe. Students are feeling this keenly as the basic right to education has been attacked over and over and education has been more and more commodified, segregated and neglected in recent years. Since Theresa May became our unelected prime minister the Tories have redoubled their commitment to an elitist backwards education system with their attempts to bring back grammar schools.

Why Black unity in the student movement is crucial in the fight against racism, discrimination and inequality

19th October 2016

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The Tory Party set a racist, xenophobic and extremely right wing agenda at their Party Conference earlier this month. The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, wants to blame every problem in British society on immigrants, refugees and Black communities. Following the Brexit referendum in June we have already seen a massive rise in racist violence, a situation which is set to become even worse in light of this new, vicious turn in government policy. Uniting and organsing to turn the tide on this racist offensive is critically important.

Agenda ‘Students For Jeremy Corbyn: fighting austerity, racism and war’ – Progressive Students Forum 2016

12th October 2016

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Check out the agenda for this year's Progressive Students National Forum taking place on Saturday 15 October from 10.00am - 5.30pm. This year's overall theme is 'Students For Jeremy Corbyn: fighting austerity, racism and war'.

Brilliant Stand Up To Racism Conference heralds birth of new anti-racist movement

11th October 2016

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Over 1,500 anti-racist campaigners gathered at the Stand Up To Racism National Conference on Saturday to discuss, debate and organise a new movement to confront the Tories’ enormous racist offensive.

Report of NUS NEC July 2016 – uniting against austerity and racism

25th July 2016

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By Barbara Ntumy, NUS NEC (Black Students’ Campaign) and Deputy President of London Met University Students’ Union

On Monday 18 July I attended my first ever NUS National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

Black Lives Matter – British students stand in solidarity

13th July 2016

Black Lives Matter The recent murder of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers last week has sparked another round of protests and demonstrations of how America has and continues to treat its Black citizens.

Defending the NUS left leadership – we’ve defeated the disaffiliations campaigns, the next threat is a right wing governance review

13th July 2016

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By Fiona Edwards and Aaron Kiely, Student Broad Left 

The fight over the EU is not over: defending students, immigrants and living standards – no to racism and xenophobia

12th July 2016

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By Barbara Ntumy, Deputy President of London Met SU & NUS NEC (Black Students' Campaign)

The decision of the British people to leave the EU – by a very small majority - in the referendum last month has caused an earthquake in British politics.

Racist and xenophobic hate crime has soared following the result, after what many supporters of the Leave Campaign believe is a vote against immigrants and “foreigners.”

NUS national demo to defend education called – Saturday 19 November 2016

5th July 2016

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Today the National Union of Students and the University College Union (UCU) announced they will hold a national demonstration on Saturday 12 November 2016 to stop the government’s attacks on higher and further education.

Student politics has a fight on its hands. We will only win by working together

9th June 2016

Shelly Asquith By Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare.

As the government formalises its plans for another rise in tuition fees, the student movement stands at a crossroads: will we force the government to backtrack, or will we descend into division?

Education is our right – we should be cutting tuition fees, not raising them

18th May 2016

Malia Bouattia

The government have announced plans to increase tuition fees yet again. As the new NUS President Malia Bouattia makes clear in this article, originally published in the Guardian, the student movement will fight this disastrous plan. We need to build a mass, vibrant campaign to force another Tory u-turn.

The NUS is under attack – step up the fight to save it

17th May 2016

By Fiona Edwards and Aaron Kiely, Student Broad Left

A massive campaign is underway from right wing forces inside and outside the student movement, backed up by a hostile right wing media, to seriously weaken the National Union Students (NUS) by pushing for affiliated Students’ Unions to leave the national union.

This is unambiguously an attempt to break up the NUS and therefore undermine the national voice of students, with the aim of leaving students defenceless against the huge national attacks which are being driven forward by the Tories.

11 reasons to say YES to NUS!

5th May 2016

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Since the left won NUS President along with a majority of the NUS leadership positions last month, a huge struggle has begun. The right wing both within the student movement and in wider society have launched attacks and smears against this new, progressive leadership.

In response to this historic turning point for the student movement, campaigns to disaffiliate Students’ Unions from NUS have emerged at over 25 campuses.

Defeating these attempts to disaffiliate is not simply about defending NUS’ new left wing leadership and defending NUS democracy – it’s a question of defending the student movement itself. Disaffiliations from NUS at a time of savage education cuts and huge attacks on students risk significantly weakening the student movement’s ability to defend itself at this critical time.