National Union of Students

Students: secret “White Paper” plots end to debate

Submitted by Matthew on 13 February, 2019 - 9:09 Author: Maisie Sanders

The National Union of Students (NUS) has released a “White Paper” which outlines “reforms” to destroy its democratic structures. Unlike a government White Paper, which is public, these proposals are hidden from the vast majority of NUS members. They have been sent only to student union sabbatical officers and NUS full time officers for consultation.

Students vote “no confidence”

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 12:16 Author: Natalia Cassidy
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The National Union of Student (NUS) Trans Students’ Conference, on 30-31 January in Manchester, unanimously passed the Student Left Network motion of no confidence in NUS President Shakira Martin. Earlier in January, an NUS UK board meeting had voted to scrap the trans students’ campaign, budget, officer and committee.

Student Left Network meets 2-3 March

Submitted by AWL on 30 January, 2019 - 10:31 Author: Maisie Sanders
Student-worker activism

On 2-3 March 2019, at Sheffield University, students will be gathering to coordinate action on a national and regional scale, share activist and campaigning skills, and debate and discuss political ideas.

At the Student Left Network conference, you’ll meet students from across the UK and get involved in coordinating student left activism for the coming year. There will be workshops, discussions, debates, votes on motions (and socials). We will also elect a National Committee to coordinate things for the coming year.

Left should unite to save NUS

Submitted by AWL on 23 January, 2019 - 10:06 Author: Maisie Sanders
2012 demo

The “Board” of the National Union of Students (NUS UK) voted on Wednesday 16 January to abolish the NUS Trans Campaign’s officer, committee and campaign budget.

The Society and Citizenship Vice President post has also been abolished, alongside International Officer, LGBT Women’s Place, and all of the Nations’ Vice Presidents.

NUS leaders plan coup this month

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 12:33 Author: Maisie Sanders
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On 15 January, the Trustee Board of NUS, the National Union of Students, will meet to vote to approve the calling of a Company Law meeting. This will be made up of an appointed person from each student union (likely to be the President or CEO). Our source says delegates will be encouraged to “attend” remotely and vote via email to guarantee no disruption from students.

NUS leadership suspends elections and bypasses democracy

Submitted by Maisie on 20 December, 2018 - 8:16
NUS leadership suspends elections

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The National Union of Students is about to be changed beyond recognition behind the backs of its membership. Elections for all officer positions are now suspended until after National Conference, completely overriding the constitution and democratic process.

NUS President Shakira Martin has given unelected student union CEOs and staff unchecked control over the NUS’s response to its £3 million financial deficit, a response which will curtail democracy and effectively end campaigning.

Student left slams democracy shutdown

Submitted by Maisie on 11 December, 2018 - 5:04 Author: Maisie Sanders
Student protests in 2015

Student Left Network member and Workers’ Liberty supporter Justine Canady launched her campaign for National Union of Students (NUS) President on Friday 7 December.

She is running as part of the Student Left Network’s campaign of no confidence in current NUS President Shakira Martin. More candidates on the Student Left Network slate will be announced soon.

Martin has given unelected student union CEOs and staff unchecked control over the NUS's response to its financial deficit, a response which will severely curtail democracy and campaigning.

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