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Vote Labour on June 8th – for free education, for the many not the few!

7th June 2017

By Barbara Ntumy and Myriam Kane, NUS NEC and NUS NEC-Elect

Tomorrow, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are giving us the opportunity to vote for a different kind of politics which will make students, young people and indeed the overwhelming majority of society much better off.

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

25th July 2016

Barbara Ntumy

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.

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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?

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11 reasons to say YES to NUS!

5th May 2016

NUS national demo

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.

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NUS Conference 2016: vote for a fighting student movement that takes on the Tories, austerity and racism

23rd March 2016

Shakira Martin

At this year’s Conference it is crucial that the left maintain and aim to increase these huge advances we made last year – with the election of four (out of six) left wing NUS Vice Presidents as well as a winning a majority of the NUS National Executive.

Since that massive breakthrough for the left the student movement has been increasingly active, with NUS leading campaigns against cuts, racism, climate change and more. We’ve got to keep up this transformation!

Under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, the Labour Party is taking the fight to the Tories on the need for an alternative to austerity. We need a progressive student movement that links up with and supports this left wing leadership of the Labour Party, as well as support all progressive movements and campaigns.

Read this article to find out who Student Broad Left is backing in the NUS Vice President and President positions at this year's Conference.

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We need an NUS National Demo for #FreeEducation & against student poverty

20th April 2015

free education national demo 2015 A huge coalition of over 100 student leaders have teamed up in the statement below. If you are an NUS delegate vote yes to a national demo. STATEMENT: NUS National Demo 2015 – fight for free education & end student poverty! “We believe that the National Union of Students should lead the fight back against all attacks on students and education by organising an Autumn 2015 national demonstration in London for free education and for serious action to tackle student poverty. No to cuts, tuition fees, student debt and the cost of living crisis. "Let’s come together in a powerful, peaceful, inclusive show of unity to demonstrate to the new government that we want a new vision for education free from austerity.  "We urge NUS delegates to vote for NUS to organise a national demo at the forthcoming national conference and support all local and regional action to defend education.”  Read more

Sinn Féin Árd Fheis – Sinn Féin will deliver a future for Young People

13th March 2015

By Joe Dwyer, Liverpool University On Friday and Saturday (06-07 March) Sinn Féin hosted their annual Árd Fheis [Conference] in the City of Derry. This location holds particular significance for Irish Republicans as Derry saw a central role in the northern conflict. In the 1960s the City cradled the non-violent Civil Rights Association, an alliance of moderate Irish Nationalists, Republicans and radical students, who mobilised against the conservative and sectarian Stormont regime. In January 1972, Derry was the site of ‘Bloody Sunday’ – an infamous day which saw the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment of the British Army enter the Irish Nationalist Bogside and proceed to shoot 26 unarmed civilians. Tragically 14 died - 7 of whom were below the age of 21. Many called the Civil Rights Association the 15th casualty of Bloody Sunday as the north swiftly descended into a long protracted conflict. Unsurprisingly, this difficult past was prominently recognised at the Árd Fheis – but so too was the vibrancy and positivity of Derry today. The Army watchtowers are now gone and today the City is seen as exemplary for its management of cross-community relations – a fact manifested by a Loyalist Bands Forum addressing one of the Fringe Meetings. The City tangibly exhibits the progress that has been made under the Peace Process and was accordingly a fitting place to hold Sinn Féin’s national Árd Fheis. Irish Youth and Student politics was well represented by the large number of young delegates. The weekend’s debates and discussions saw many excellent contributions from the Party’s youth on a wide range of topics. Numerous motions were passed expressing the Party’s continued desire to represent and deliver for the needs of young people. Motion 74 commended the Party’s Youth Guarantee Document ‘Youth Matter’s: Not for Export’ and called for a continued commitment to seriously address the current youth unemployment crisis and the social exclusion that results from it. While Motion 135 criticised the recent threat made by Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment & Learning, to cut University places in the 6 Counties. The Árd Fheis also condemned the consistent cuts to the Third-Level Education Sector in the 26 Counties and re-affirmed Sinn Féin's commitment to publicly-funded Third-Level Education north and south. Senator Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Féin's Spokesperson on Youth Affairs, gave a rousing speech in which she slammed that the current Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government in the south for showing an: “entrenched distain for disadvantaged, marginalised young people.” She said young people in Ireland deserved: “far more than just zero hour contracts and precarious employment. […] What they deserve is paid work, decent work, a living wage and most importantly: they deserve respect.” And concluded that: “We need a future for young people and we in Sinn Féin can - and will - deliver that future for them.” This was met with loud cheers and applause from the floor – demonstrating that Sinn Féin is a party which proudly embraces intergenerational solidarity. The weekend saw many international guest speakers appeal for co-operation between progressive-left movements. The Greek Foreign Minister Euclid Tsakalotos spoke of SYRIZA’s solidarity with Sinn Féin and its opposition to austerity. While the former South African Minister and member of the National Executive of the ANC, Sue Van Der Merwe praised the high quality of debate from the younger delegates, commenting during her address: “I’d like to say at this point how impressed I have been particularly with the younger people who have taken this platform – they have articulated their arguments with passion and maturity – and it would seem to me that Sinn Fein’s future is in very good hands.” The spirit of the weekend was perhaps best summarised by Martin McGuinness MLA, who said that: “The youth, the energy and the determination in this Árd Fheis is palpable.” Anyone looking for more information on the Sinn Féin Árd Fheis can go here where they can find videos of the weekend’s proceedings and read through the motions and procedures.

For left unity in the NUS elections 2015

2nd December 2014

Unity is strength NUS banner

Student Broad Left supports the creation of a united left, anti-austerity, anti-racist slate for the NUS elections which take place at National Conference in April 2015. We will be working hard, in discussions with other prominent groups on the student movement, to achieve this goal because we believe that our enemy is the right wing not each other.

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Brexit will be a disaster for students – we’ve got to fight against it

12th December 2016

no-to-brexit

Since the EU referendum in June and the close victory for the Leave campaign, British politics has been dominated by the issue of Brexit. Given the enormous and absolutely disastrous implications of Brexit for Britain – spanning all areas of public life from the economy to education and our freedom of movement - this issue will continue to dominate British politics for months and years to come. Given that Brexit is the main issue in British politics, the main question that the student movement therefore faces is the following: should we embrace, accept, live with, or fight against Brexit? The Student Broad Left believes that the student movement’s priority number one must be to fight relentlessly to stop Brexit as this is essential to defending education and the living standards of students, the working class and all oppressed groups in society.

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

13th July 2016

Aaron and Fiona

By Fiona Edwards and Aaron Kiely, Student Broad Left 

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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.

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Student Broad Left Guide to NUS Conference 2016 – Let’s kick out the Tories!

19th April 2016

Students fighting racism Check out Student Broad Left’s guide to NUS National Conference 2016 – and if you are attending pick a free copy of this on the first day of conference.   Read more

Report of Progressive Students 2015: building a fighting student movement to take on the Tories

20th October 2015

The Progressive Students Forum 2015

On Saturday 10 October 2015, the Progressive Students Forum brought together leading student activists and campaigners to discuss the ways in which the broad left in the student movement can build a movement that takes on the Tories and opposes their agenda of austerity, racism, bigotry, climate change and war.

In the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning and historic election victory in becoming leader of the Labour Party, it is clear that there are huge opportunities for the left to put forward a new kind of politics and win mass support. This sense of optimism made for a very upbeat and productive Progressive Students Forum.

The Forum was attended by over 60 students from 24 university and college campuses and was organized by the Student Broad Left. You can join the Student Broad Left here.

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NUS Conference 2015: Support a fighting, left wing student movement

13th April 2015

Fighting student movementNext week, almost 1,000 students will descend on Liverpool for NUS National Conference 2015. At this year’s Conference there is a real opportunity for the left to make serious gains in the elections for Vice President and NUS National Executive positions. Student Broad Left is backing the following candidates, who all stand for a student movement that fights for free education, against racist scapegoating and all discrimination and for international peace and justice: Shakira Martin for NUS Vice President Further Education Piers Telemacque for NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship Shelly Asquith for NUS Vice President Welfare Abdi-aziz Suleiman for NUS Vice President Union Development Sorana Vieru for NUS Vice President Higher Education Sahaya James #1 for NUS National Executive (Block of 15) Malaka Mohammed #2 for NUS National Executive (Block of 15) Dwayne Foster #3 for NUS National Executive (Block of 15)  Read more

NUS Conference Model Motions 2015 – free education, anti-racism, Palestine and climate change

17th February 2015

NUS National Conference

Here are some model motions for NUS National Conference 2015. We are supporting the Student Assembly Against Austerity’s model motions on range of issues from free education to opposing racist scapegoating and we have also drafted a two other important motions on Palestine and climate change.

NUS National Conference 2015 takes place in April and is the place where next year’s policies and priorities for the national student movement are decided.

Every Students’ Union has the right to submit policies – and every student has the right to put forward policies you want your Students’ Union to be putting forward.

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