National Union of Students

Workers' Liberty students - what we do, how to get involved AWL Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:54

"There is a world beyond the campus" - Vote Sahaya James for NUS President

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:00 Author: Sahaya James
Vote Sahaya James for NUS President

Students don’t live in hermetically sealed containers, undisturbed by the oppression and exploitation around the world. Yet too often student unions behave as if they do.

We constantly hear the rhetoric of the “average student” concerned only with the costs of printing and nights out, as if campuses aren’t implicated in the injustices which define our society.

Student and workers say #NoCapitulation - Support the strikes!

Submitted by SJW on 13 March, 2018 - 4:08
No capitulation

Student occupiers, anti cuts activists and UCU members from across the UK spoke to Workers' Liberty

Bristol students occupation

An occupation of Bristol University Senior Management’s offices has forced the university to concede to most of their demands. A Bristol Uni occupier writes...

The left's programme in the National Union of Students AWL Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:15

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts published proposals for the left to raise in and around the National Union of Students. Workers' Liberty was involved in drafting these proposals but, having discussed further, would like to suggest some additions. NCAFC publishing a programme is a useful basis for discussion in the student movement beyond NUS conference too.


The government's review and the student movement

NUS: Unite the student left

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:30 Author: Ruaridh Anderson
Unite the student left

NUS Conference 2018 will be marked by a showdown between the left and the right.

The left wing of conference will be made up of students whose politics centre on the Corbyn surge: supporters of the Labour left and socialism, however defined. The rightwing president Shakira Martin has distanced herself from this left, instead organising a high-profile review of Further Education with Vince Cable, the Lib-Dem bigwig whose party oversaw the tripling of tuition fees when it was last in government in 2009.

Left stands for NUS President Matthew Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:34

University of the Arts Student Union Campaigns Officer Sahaya James is standing for President of the National Union of Students. She was one of the organisers of the “Free Education – Tax the Rich” demonstration in November 2017.

This month’s edition of Clarion magazine interviewed Sahaya, where she explained why she was standing.

NUS: Unite the left Matthew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:14

Students face an ever more neo-liberal university system and an FE sector being virtually destroyed — an alarming mental health crisis — absurd, soaring rents — a future of debt and precarious jobs — and a world all around us being wrecked by capitalism.

At the same time huge numbers are inspired by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and increasingly supportive of left-wing politics.

NCAFC Recommits to 2018 NSS Boycott

Submitted by SJW on 12 December, 2017 - 3:26 Author: Ruaridh Anderson

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) held its winter conference in Liverpool last weekend, which saw a lively debate on whether or not to recommit to the 2018 NSS Boycott. After scrutinising the tactic and its potential effectiveness - particularly in relation to the upcoming UCU marking boycott - the conference voted overwhelmingly to continue the boycott into 2018 as part of building a movement of united students and workers against the marketisation of higher education.

The left and struggles for liberation need free speech AWL Thu, 11/23/2017 - 15:22

(Students & workers protest as part of the left-led Free Speech Movement in the 1960s at the University of California Berkeley)