An estimated 80,000 to 90,000 people took to the streets of London on Saturday October 18 to march against austerity measures.
October marks Black History Month and whilst it's a time for us to recognise and celebrate the immense contributions that people of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage make to humanity, we believe this shouldn't just be limited to the month of October.
On Friday 17 October, Ben Walters met with Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, to discuss all things FE, and writes his reflections on their discussions.
This is the third in a series of articles from NUS VP Piers Telemacque on why students are joining in the Britain Needs a Pay Rise demonstration on Saturday #18oct as part of our New Deal for work.
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) today publishes a new report entitled Jisc: a hidden advantage for higher education, written by the chief executive of Jisc, Martyn Harrow, with a foreword by Nick Hillman, director of HEPI.
The report highlights the £200m annual savings from the current shared infrastructure provided by Jisc and charts the potential for new shared services – including a ‘university in a box’ concept that could free up university spending on technology for reinvestment in research, teaching and learning.
Ahead of anticipated changes to Jisc’s funding model, the report warns that policymakers and institutions need to recognise the value generated through the UK’s shared infrastructure for higher and further education.
Jisc works with every publicly financed higher education and further education institution in the UK, more than 600 in total, and is one of the key pillars on which the world class reputation of the education sector depends.
Nick Hillman, director of HEPI, said:
"Ministers and civil servants have not had to worry about IT infrastructure in our universities because it has generally worked well. That reflects Jisc’s world-beating success. Other countries look jealously at our successful shared service.
"Jisc’s achievements, which often take place off the radar, are in stark contrast to other big IT projects, which have typically been over budget, late and not fit for purpose. Yet forthcoming changes could make Jisc a victim of its own success. Funding changes will put the onus on individual universities to subscribe to Jisc’s services for the first time.
"In the rearview mirror, Jisc’s history looks comparatively smooth but the road ahead is bumpy and laden with obstacles. The best way to address those challenges is to recognise the benefits of collective provision for individual institutions and the education sector as a whole."
The author of the report, Martyn Harrow, said:
"Jisc does the things that it makes sense to do on a UK level once rather than a hundred times over. If our coverage were to be reduced because of decision making that is not informed by the full value that the UK’s infrastructure brings to each institution, that would put the economies of scale and the specialised knowledge that we provide in danger.
"There has never been a more important time for institutions to think about their use of technology. A new dialogue is needed at the highest level of each and every university to determine how the digital needs of their institution will be met, both in the immediate future and in the longer term.
"We have a great opportunity in the years ahead to make the most of new developments in technology. If the UK is to cement its competitive advantage in higher and further education, we need to help universities tackle the new challenges head on."
NUS is committed to developing local activism and supporting you to run campaigns on your campus and in your local areas. We also believe that peaceful protest has played a major role in bringing about important social and political changes and so our right to protest must be preserved.
This is the second article in a series of three from NUS VP Piers Telemacque on why students are joining the Britain Needs a Pay Rise demonstration on Saturday #18Oct as part of our New Deal for Work.
NUS today announced that it has joined the Sex Education Forum’s 'SRE - It’s My Right' campaign, along with leading youth organisations UK Youth and the UK Youth Parliament to urge all political parties to commit to statutory sex and relationship education (SRE) in their general election manifestos.
This is the first of three articles across three days from NUS VP Piers Telemacque on why students are joining the Britain Needs a Pay Rise demonstration on Saturday #18Oct as part of our New Deal for Work.
Through @NUSUK, ‘MPs Questions' will open up politics to our seven million student membership - #GenerationVote.
NUS is proud to support Back to School Week, which aims to connect thousands of people with their old state schools or colleges, or those local to them, to inspire current students about their futures.
We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that our Students’ Green Fund project Growhampton has won a prestigious Soil Association Organic Award in the Eating Out category.
Last year, NUS recruited eight paid staff journalists to write under four themes relevant to students. We know that you are shaping the future of education and we want to represent the realities of your lives through news and opinion pieces.
At the Big TUC Youth Debate the TUC, supported by NUS, will be discussing progressive and radical approaches to address some of the most crucial issues facing young workers and students.
Join us on 18 October 2014 for a march and rally in London to call for an economic recovery that works for all, not just those right at the top.
Today, NUS has launched the 'New Deal for the next Generation' manifesto which outlines the policy asks students' unions and the student movement will be demanding from the party that wins the general election in May next year.
Today, NUS President Toni Pearce launched NUS’ general election manifesto, ‘New Deal for the Next Generation’, and revealed the power of the student vote - there are 197 seats with a majority of 10 per cent or less, requiring a swing of only 5 per cent to change hands.
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