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.
“Students are charged exorbitant rents, management push our academics into further precarity, pay the cleaners and caterers who keep our institutions functioning a measly fraction of what university VCs earn, starve our mental health services of vital funding.
“The Tories have dismantled our colleges, taken our grants, enforce racist surveillance and are now militantly carrying out their full vision of marketisation.
“Meanwhile we have an NUS President, Shakira Martin, who shakes hands with Tory fat cats in the Office for Students.
“An NUS President who bizarrely champions arms manufacturers, and who’d rather launch tepid FE reports with Vince Cable, a key figure in the government that tripled our tuition fees, than empower students to fight back against the devastating funding cuts, staff redundancies and college closures.”
• Full interview here