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National Union of Students call on students to take strike action

The National Union of Students (NUS) have encouraged students across the UK to take part in a ‘Walk Out / Teach In’ strike on March 2nd. The aim of the protest is to create a forum enabling the discussion of ‘radical’ new approaches to higher education, such as the abolition of tuition fees, the creation […]

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NUS release demands ahead of Scottish Parliament elections

The National Union of Students (NUS) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Budget for Better,’ ahead of the upcoming elections to the Scottish Parliament. The campaign calls for a significant investment in the mental health services currently provided in Scotland’s colleges and universities, as well as increases to bursaries and to the student loan repayment threshold. […]

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Gavin Williamson announces measures designed to protect academic freedom

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced stringent new measures this week which aim to prevent free speech and academic freedom being infringed upon in higher education institutions. Upon implementation of the regulations, the Office for Students will be able to fine universities for breaching these rules. Williamson expressed concern that universities are no longer […]

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The Lecturers Strike Back: Staff at University of Edinburgh back strike action

Staff at the University of Edinburgh, alongside other universities across the UK, have backed strike action over pay, working conditions and pensions. University staff backed two separate ballots last Thursday, meaning industrial action looks increasingly likely. In the ballot over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the university pension scheme, University of Edinburgh staff […]

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The NUS Conference was an overwhelming success. So why the obsession with ‘jazz hands’?

Last March, I was honoured to be elected as part of Edinburgh’s delegation to the NUS national conference. As a first-year undergraduate student, it represented an exciting opportunity to engage with student issues, and to represent our university’s students at a national level. I was also apprehensive. The NUS has been the subject of much […]

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“We have a world, a future, to win!” Students across the UK march for lower fees and better rights

A national demonstration organised by the NUS and UCU took place in London on Saturday, 19 November.

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Jewish students’ criticism of NUS should not be ignored

There is no doubt that press criticism of the NUS as out-of-touch and politically radical is often unfair, and that the response to the election of Malia Bouattia as NUS President has at times played into narratives which are both racist and Islamophobic. But distinct from this criticism, there are clear and serious concerns voiced […]

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Sexual assault on campus is endemic – so why are we ignoring it?

Content warning: Sexual assault, violence, harassment, misogyny. Sexual assault is rife on campus – and we are failing to discuss it. As a student I have watched the short, middle and long-term ramifications of sexual assault unfold, sending shock waves through a person’s life, in the full knowledge that I cannot understand and that any […]