By Justine Canady. Justine is running as the Student Left Network's candidate for NUS President. NUS democracy is about to be gutted and its leadership is silent. NUS could be a campaigning National Union that spreads, supports and organises student struggles. The programme of democracy cuts justified by the financial incompetence of our national leaders will … Continue reading Stop the NUS democracy shutdown
NUS democracy is about to be shut down as part of an anti-democratic coup. Members of the elected National Executive Council, the body which exists to make political decisions between conferences and hold the leadership to account, has the power to vote no confidence in the Trustee Board. Ask NEC members to vote to defend … Continue reading Send this model email to NUS NEC – Vote no confidence in the Trustee Board!
By a NUS Trans Campaign committee member It was revealed a few weeks ago that the NUS would be making far-reaching cuts to address a £3 million deficit and keep the organisation afloat. These cuts, as we understand it, are set to be most acutely felt in the NUS’ democratic sections: the sections that are … Continue reading Student Left: Unite to stop the gutting of NUS democracy and Liberation!
Agenda announced for Student Left Network National Conference, 2-3 March at Sheffield University. Register here for your free space, book your transport and share the Facebook event. Information about how to submit motions is here. Plain text version: SATURDAY 10-10.30: Registration 10.30-11.30: The Tiananmen Square uprising 30 years on 11.30-11.40: Break and snacks 11.40-13.00: Workshops … Continue reading Student Left Network Conference Agenda announced
By Anjum Nahar, Bristol From September to December last year, a group of students from the University of Bristol took part in the These Walls Must Campaign. The initiative to start the campaign came from a student involved with the university Amnesty International group. All political and activist societies at the university were invited to … Continue reading These Walls Must Fall- campaigning to end immigration detention in Bristol
By Dan Davison, Cambridge UCU member On 9 January 2019, Research England published its consultation on the proposed Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), announcing plans to run a pilot KEF at 12 to 16 institutions between February and April 2019. First announced in October 2017 by then Universities Minister Jo Johnson, the framework is ostensibly to … Continue reading The Knowledge Exchange Framework: another layer of metrics
From 15 January to 22 February, UCU is balloting members at 143 universities for industrial action over pay and conditions. Pay in HE has declined by 21% in real terms since 2009. There has been a rise in precarious contracts, increased workload and stress, and an unaddressed gender pay gap. Despite this, the Universities and Colleges … Continue reading UCU reballot – help get the vote out! Flyers, ideas, motion and open letter
By Precarious@Kent Uni activists “You are not allowed to poster here!”, one of our members was told, before having all their posters confiscated. Yes, thank you, we know we are not allowed to poster, that’s what our posters are about. ‘This is public space. And you can’t see it.’ ‘This is public Space. And you … Continue reading Reclaiming Public Space at Kent Uni
By Maisie Sanders, Student Left Network Leaked information from NUS HQ gives more detail on what the cuts to democracy will look like. According to our source, the proposals are currently being worked on by NUS Acting Chief Executive Peter Robertson and unelected trustees such as Aiden Grills, CEO of Leeds University Students’ Union. Officer … Continue reading NUS democracy could be shut down before Conference – more details on reforms
By Justine Canady, UCL student activist and Student Left Network’s candidate for NUS President. This is an opinion piece. Agree? Disagree? Write a response! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org Brexit means higher borders, more xenophobia and racism in public life, and a victory for the far right around Europe. It is bad news for our movement, and … Continue reading Stop Brexit – NUS must fight for free movement and workers’ rights on campus!
The Student Left Network's first National Conference will take place on 2-3 March in Sheffield. (If you haven't already - register here for your free place!) Part of the Sunday will be given over to a motions debate. If you want the Student Left Network to campaign on a specific thing, think a central demand is … Continue reading Motions deadline for SLN Conference: **extended to 24 February**
By Justine Canady, UCL student activist and Student Left Network's candidate for NUS President. Marketisation, privatisation and profit-making in higher education is intensifying the exploitation of workers on campus. Students on campus are organising in solidarity with staff, running campaigns alongside trade unions. The past couple of years have seen a spate of victories, for … Continue reading For an NUS that organises and fights for precarious workers on campus!