Today NUS launched a nationwide advertising campaign which will demand the MPs who broke the NUS 'Funding our Future' pledge in 2010 lose their seats this general election.
In 2010 all 57 Liberal Democrat MPs signed the NUS 'Funding Our Future' pledge to vote against an increase in tuition fees. There were 21 Liberal Democrat MPs who kept their promise and voted against the coalition government's plan.
During the 2010 election campaign, just under 1,500 prospective Members of Parliament signed the NUS Funding our Future pledge:
'I pledge to vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament and to pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative.'
As elders like to frequently remind us, young people are always plugged in. Whether it is checking your group Whatsapp every few minutes to see if anything new has happened or making sure your instagram followers saw your last meal, it can be tiresome. However, the 2015 election has seen a surge in political activity taking place on our favorite feeds, reports NUS Journalist Emma Jacobs.
University is a time of great change in a student’s life, comments NUS Journalist Mariya Hussain. From the emotional upheaval of moving away from home or going into a new place with knowing no one, to the stress academics, exams and competition with other students, a student’s mental health can be greatly impacted.
The aptly named 'perks arms race' between big companies like Apple and Facebook has been taken to the next level, comments NUS Journalist James McCrory. The Silicon Valley heavyweights have always been in constant competition when it comes to making their places of work – company offices – as Über futuristic, accommodating and enticing as possible.
The run up to this election has really seen some unexpected issues take the limelight. One of those most prominent has been the debate surrounding zero-hours contracts which has really turned into a major focal point in this election debate.
With Labour pledging to reduce tuition fees to £6,000 if they are elected in the upcoming general election, the issue of how much students should pay for their education has once again come to the fore. And with some university bosses calling for the ability to implement fees of up to £16,000, we have to question how much is our education worth.
This week saw a win for women as UKIP vowed to remove the tax on tampons and sanitary towels. Recent debate has been sparked over whether sanitary products should be classed as 'non-essential, luxury items' and therefore be taxed.
Developed by the University of Southampton, we’re taking it to campuses right across the UK – saving energy and cutting carbon.
On Friday nights across March, dozens of students on campuses across the UK got together to turn off all unnecessary equipment and lighting in university buildings for the weekend. The savings from one weekend alone can be huge, and demonstrate the value of taking simple individual actions every day.
Inspired to get involved? Send our rate card to your union and ask them to bring Blackout to your campus.
Students at the London School of Economics (LSE) last week started an occupation in response to the marketisation of higher education. Other universities such as Warwick, Oxford and UAL have also started their own occupations. NUS Journalist Mariya Hussain looks at why this is the case.
This week on MPs Questions, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport's MP Oliver Colvile, Conservatives, and PPC Luke Pollard, Labour, today address general election issues on Twitter.
I think it’s safe to say that it has been a pretty big week for news, acknowledges NUS Journalist James McCrory. So much has gone on, what with Jeremy Clarkson getting sacked from the BBC for punching his producer. Imagine that, a man being sacked for assaulting a co-worker! Also anarchy has ensued as the unthinkable happened when Zayn Malik quit One Direction… It’s all too much!
Significant numbers of students are turning to sex work in order to avoid debt and cover basic living expenses, a groundbreaking new report from Swansea University and NUS Wales has found.
As we approach the crucial UN climate negotiations in Paris, we need to make the student voice too powerful to ignore.
In her opening keynote at the Student Sustainability Summit, tar sands activist Crystal Lameman spoke on her experiences of opposing fossil fuel companies.
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This week on MPs Questions, Cardiff Central's MP Jenny Willott, Lib Dems, and PPCs Jo Stevens, Labour, Richard Hopkin, Conservatives, and Chris Von Ruhland, Greens, Anthony Raybould, UKIP, and Martin Pollard, Plaid Cymru, today address general election issues on Twitter.