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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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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

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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National Union of Students backing Palestine, backing the boycott

8th August 2014

NUS NEC for BDS  

By Aaron Kiely, NUS NEC

The National Union of Students – which represents 7 million students in the UK – have voted to condemn Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza, demand the siege on Gaza is lifted, demand the UK government stop arming Israel and call upon the student movement to boycott companies and corporations that facilitate Israel’s military capacity, human rights abuses and illegal settlement activity.

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Report of NUS Conference 2014: Big victories for the left mark a turning point for the student movement

23rd April 2014

Unity is strength - NUS banner

NUS National Conference 2014 saw major victories for the left.

The surprise election victory of FE President Piers Telemacque, an independent, radical, left wing candidate for NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship; the adoption of a new policy for free education; alongside the overwhelming endorsement of the #StopTheSellOff of student loans battle plan, together mark a turning point for the student movement – providing a real opportunity to transform NUS into a fighting union that seriously confronts the Tories’ assault on education and our futures.

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Piers Telemacque elected NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship: victory for Black students, FE students and the left!

11th April 2014

Piers Telemacque

This week, at NUS National Conference, Piers Telemacque, President of Bradford College Students’ Union and member of both NUS Black Students’ Committee and NUS Society & Citizenship Committees was elected as Vice President Society and Citizenship for the National Union of Students.

Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ Officer, co-Convenor of Student Broad Left said: “This is a turning point for the student movement and massive win for Black students, FE students and the left.“

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NUS Elections 2014: Who Student Broad Left is backing at National Conference

27th February 2014

Aaron for NUS President

Student Broad Left is proud to be supporting left wing, anti-austerity student activists for the NUS elections which are taking place at National Conference in April 2014.

We believe NUS needs a new direction and a new leadership. The current NUS leadership is not in favour of opposing the massive attacks on students. Only the left is offering a way forward – for a fighting NUS that actively defends students against cuts, fees and attacks on our living standards.

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For left unity in the NUS elections 2014

18th December 2013

Unite-and-fight Student Broad Left supports the creation of a united left, anti-austerity slate for the NUS elections which take place at National Conference in April 2014.  We will be working hard, in discussions with other prominent groups on the student left, to achieve this goal because we believe that our enemy is the right wing not each other.   Read more

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

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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NUS supports free education national demo & pledges to mobilise for TUC demo!

16th September 2014

10,000 march on NUS demo2012

Today the NUS National Executive voted to support the national demonstration for free education which is taking place on Wednesday 19 November. NUS also decided to mobilise for a strong contingent of students to join the TUC national demonstration which is taking place on Saturday 18 October.

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National demonstration for free education called

3rd July 2014

A coalition of student groups and campaigns – including the Student Assembly Against Austerity, the Young Greens and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts - have come together to call a national demonstration on Wednesday 19 November.

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NUS backs free education, rejects fees and scraps support for a ‘graduate tax’

11th April 2014

Aaron Kiely at NUS National Conference

NUS National Conference 2014 voted for free education - despite the majority of the current NUS leadership opposing it with the NUS President and Vice President Higher Education speaking against it in the debate on Conference floor.

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For a progressive student movement: Support Aaron Kiely’s fighting fund for NUS President 2014

21st March 2014

Aaron for NUS President

Student Broad Left’s Aaron Kiely is running to be the next National President of the National Union of Students – please donate to his fighting fund to help his campaign make a big impact at the National Conference in April.

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Model motions NUS Conference 2014: fighting austerity & racism, #StopTheSellOff of student debt, defending the right to protest and for international justice

17th February 2014

Aaron-UAF-protest

Aaron Kiely (NUS Black Students' Officer) presents model motions for NUS National Conference 2014 on fighting austerity and racism, stopping the privatisation of student loans, defending the right to protest and standing up for international justice.

NUS National Conference 2014 takes place in April and is the place where next year’s policies and priorities for the national student movement are decided.

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