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Encyclopedia > National Union of Students of the United Kingdom

The National Union of Students (NUS) is the main federation of students' unions that exist inside the United Kingdom. Although the NUS is the central organisation for all affiliated unions in the UK, there also exist the national bodies NUS Scotland, NUS Wales/UCM Cymru and NUS-USI in Northern Ireland. Image File history File links National_union_of_students_uk_logo. ... A students union, student government, student leadership,or student council is a student organization present in many elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. ... The National Union of Students Scotland is the Scottish section of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official languages English (de facto), Irish, Ulster Scots 3, BSL, NISL, ISL Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Ian Paisley  - Deputy First Minister...


NUS is a member of ESIB, the National Unions of Students in Europe. National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB) is an association of 50 National Unions of Students from 37 European Nations. ...

Contents

History

The NUS was formed in 1922 at a meeting held at the University of London. At this meeting, the Inter-Varsity Association and the International Students Bureau (which organised student travel and had been lobbying for a national body) agreed to merge. Founding members included the unions of University of Birmingham, Imperial College London (who first left in 1923 and have subsequently rejoined and left again twice - the last time being in the 1970s) before voting to rejoin (again) in Nov 2006, King's College London who supplied the first President (Sir Ivison Macadam) and the University of Bristol. Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Website http://www. ... Imperial College London is a British university institution and a constituent college of the University of London. ... Kings College London is the largest college of the University of London and one of a number of university institutions founded in England in the early 19th century: only the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have royal charters predating that of Kings. ... Sir Ivison Stevenson Macadam OBE (1894 - 1974) was the first President of the National Union of Students, President of Kings College London Students Union and Director General of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. ... The University of Bristol is a university in Bristol, England. ...


Financial crisis

In recent years the NUS has faced a prolonged financial crisis, caused by a coinciding of spiralling expenditure and decreasing income. A series of measures were proposed to address this, of which the most controversial included a series of changes to the constitutional and democratic processes. In 2004, two emergency conferences passed some of the changes proposed, albeit not without fierce dispute between those claiming the proposals were necessary reforms to maintain the existence of the organisation and those arguing that they were aimed at curbing democracy and involvement. The 2006 NUS Conference passed a policy enabling the NUS to launch a paid-for student discount card, in September, called 'NUS Extra', on sale to students at £10. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Membership

All UK students' unions are able to join the NUS (providing they are not controlled by their parent institution and their admission is approved by National Conference). To become a constituent member, unions must pay an affiliation fee to NUS, which is based upon the number of students in the union, and the money received by the union from its parent institution.


The NUS now has over 700 constituent members (the unions of either higher education or further education establishments) through which it represents approximately 5 million UK students, which equates to approximately 98% of all students and hence potential members. However, a small number of high profile educational institutions are not members. These include the University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews, University of Dundee, University of Southampton, and Open University. In recent years NUS membership has become a controversial issue with some unions seeing general meeting motions and referendums on the membership issue. The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... Further education (often abbreviated FE) is post-secondary, post-compulsory education (in addition to that received at secondary school). ... Master of Theology (MTh) Dentistry Nursing Affiliations Russell Group, Universitas 21 Website http://www. ... St Marys College Bute Medical School St Leonards College[5][6] Affiliations 1994 Group Website http://www. ... The University of Dundee is the principal university in the city and Royal burgh of Dundee, Scotland. ... The University of Southampton is a university situated in the city of Southampton, on the south coast of Great Britain. ... The Open University (OU) is the UKs open learning university. ... A Union General Meeting is a variety of legislative body controlling the affairs of a student union. ... Ballots of the Argentine plebiscite of 1984 on the border treaty with Chile A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ...


The NUS have in the past received criticism for spending significant amounts of time and money in running pro-affiliation campaigns at universities to ensure that they win referenda.


Recent leavers of the NUS have included UMIST (which is now reaffiliated through its merger to form UMSU), the University of Sunderland, the University of Southampton and Aston University. However, these defections have been partly counterbalanced by the entry into membership of the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London. UMIST Main Building on Whitworth Street The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) was a university based in the centre of the city of Manchester in England (, ). It specialised in technical and scientific subjects and was a major centre for research. ... The University of Manchester Students Union (UMSU) is the representative body of students at the University of Manchester, England, and is the UKs largest students union. ... St Peters Campus The University of Sunderland is located in the City of Sunderland in North East England. ... The University of Southampton is a university situated in the city of Southampton, on the south coast of Great Britain. ... Aston University is a Red Brick University founded in 1895 whose campus is situated at Gosta Green in the city centre of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582,[4] is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Imperial College London is a British university institution and a constituent college of the University of London. ...


Democracy

The NUS holds national conferences once a year. National Conference is the sovereign body of NUS, and is where NUS policy is decided. Other conferences, such as Regional Conferences, Women's Conference, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Conference (changed as of 2004), Students With Disabilities Conference, Black Students' Conference and the International Students' Conference (created in 2004) are run to enhance the representation of the specific members they include. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Most of these conferences, and in particular the elections held at them, are hotly contested by factions including Conservative Future, Education Not for Sale, Labour Students, Liberal Democrat Youth and Students, the Organised Independents, Socialist Students, Student RESPECT, and Student Broad Left. In addition to these political factions, interest groups such as the Federation of Student Islamic Societies and the Union of Jewish Students are deeply involved in the internal democratic processes of NUS. A political faction is presently an informal grouping of individuals, especially within a political organisation, such as a political party, a trade union, or other group with some kind of political purpose (referred to in this article as the “broader organisation”). It may also be referred to as a power... Conservative Future is the youth movement of the British Conservative Party. ... Education Not for Sale (ENS) is a left-wing student campaign in the UK. The name derives from the European Education Not for Sale network and was first used by activists at the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom conference in April 2005; the organisation was formally founded... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS) is the youth and student group of the UK Liberal Democrats. ... The Organised Independents (often abbreviated to OI)are a grouping within the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Student Broad Left (SBL) is a factional grouping operating within the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. ... The Union of Jewish Students of the United Kingdom and Ireland (UJS) was founded in 1973 and claims to represent a constituency of approximately 8,000 Jewish students, with somewhere between five and six thousand being members of its affiliated Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on individual campuses. ...


Services

NUS offer a number of services to their constituent members. NUS owns 25% share in NUS Services Ltd (NUS Services). NUS Services started out as a purchasing consortium that allows its members to benefit from bulk purchasing discounts. NUS and NUS Services work closely with the Association for Managers in Students' Unions. NUS Services Ltd (NUSSL) is owned by over 180 Students Unions and the National Union of Students (NUS). ... The mission of the Association of Managers in Students Unions (AMSU) is to enhance the management of UK students unions. ...


Criticisms

The NUS has come in for criticism from various quarters, particularly from those students' unions who are not affiliated. Sen Ganesh, then president of Imperial College Union, said in 2002: "NUS's claim to be representative of students is not borne out by their work". [1] Imperial College Union is the students union of Imperial College London. ...


The NUS has in particular come in for criticism for the way its democratic processes are structured. Some have argued that the NUS National Conference is unrepresentative of the opinions of students across the country and that in turn the National Executive Committee does not always reflect the wishes and priorities of students[2]. The NUS have countered, arguing that many of the criticisms are inaccurate[3].


In 2005, the website Offcourse: The Silly Student Voice, a brutally critical parody of the UK student union establishment and the NUS, was published. The website became an underground hit in student Internet forums but is most well known for publishing a mashed up edit of a speech by former NUS President, Kat Fletcher. A typical Internet forum discussion, with common elements such as emoticons. ... Kat Fletcher Kat Fletcher was president of the UK National Union of Students between 2004 and 2006, the first to be elected from a political slate clearly to the left of Labour Students, who had held the position for most of the previous twenty years. ...


Current issues

AUT/NATFHE (UCU) marking boycott controversy

In 2006 the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE), announced a one-day strike, to be followed by ongoing "action short of a strike" in the form of an assessment boycott (with the AUT, though not NATFHE, including the setting of exams in the boycott) as part of their pay negotiations with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), with many lecturers and teachers not marking exam papers. The Association of University Teachers (AUT) is the trade union and professional association that represents academic (teaching and research) and academic-related (librarians, IT managers and senior administrators) at pre-1992 universities in the United Kingdom. ... The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) is the trade union and professional assocation: for people working with those above statutory school age, and primarily concerned with providing education, training or research. ... The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) is the employers association for universities and colleges of higher education in the United Kingdom. ...


Initially the NUS leadership, headed by Kat Fletcher, gave support to the lecturers' union arguing that it was essential to secure an increase in lecturers' wages; The understanding was that the NUS was not supporting the AUT-only boycott of setting or marking exams[4]. However this support was not reflected across all students' unions affiliated to NUS and some tabled an emergency motion to the 2006 NUS National Conference; however this was not debated. This has provoked strong criticism that the NUS stance on one of the major education issues of the day has been decided without consultation of the membership[5].


Subsequently a number of students' unions went public with their opposition to both the boycott and the NUS support for it[6]. A member of the NUS National Executive-elect drafted a counter letter in support, signed by a number of students' unions[7], whilst direct online petitions of students opposed to the boycott attracted an ever growing number of signatures. [8] [9]. A petition completely in favour of the boycott has so far attracted rather fewer signatures[10].


An opinion poll jointly commission by London Student and Times Higher found that 77% of students are opposed to the boycott, although 67% support the general principle of increasing lecturers' pay[11]. London Student is the newspaper of the University of London Union. ... The Times Higher Education Supplement, also known as The Times Higher or The THES for short, is a newspaper based in London that reports specifically on issues related to higher education. ...


Many have criticised the NUS as unrepresentative of its members, and have questioned to what extent the NUS actually represents students' interests. Some students' unions have gone so far as to threaten to withhold part of their affiliation fees[12]. Many other students' unions have maintained support for the teaching unions, including some which have agreed to go beyond the NUS stance, backing the AUT/NATFHE action fully. (The poll was published after many students' unions had already adopted their pro-boycott stance, and it is not clear to what extent the student unions were already aware of student opposition).


The NUS have since advised AUT/NATFHE, following feedback from over 100 unions, that their partial support for action cannot be indefinite and is wholly dependent on seeking a fast resolution. This seems to have had an effect as a pay deal has now been reached by the newly merged lecturers union, the University and College Union (UCU)[13][14]. The University and College Union (UCU) is a UK trade union to be formed from the merger of the AUT and NATFHE. The union will be formed on 1st June 2006. ...


Fairtrade

Fairtrade logo

The Fairtrade NUS Campaign was started by students at the University of Edinburgh in autumn 2005. The campaign, which has now been joined by numerous other students' unions in the UK, is calling for 100% of the hot beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc.) sold by member unions of the NUS to be accredited with the Fairtrade Mark. Image File history File links Fairtradenus. ... Image File history File links Fairtradenus. ... The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582,[4] is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... A students union, student government, student leadership,or student council is a student organization present in many elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. ... Look up tea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A cup of coffee Workers sorting and pulping coffee beans in Guatemala Coffee is a widely consumed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds — commonly referred to as beans — of the coffee plant. ... Hot chocolate with marshmallow For the musical band, see Hot Chocolate. ... The International Fairtrade Certification Mark is an independent certification mark used in over 16 countries. ...


The campaign is supported by a number of NGOs and charities, including Oxfam, Trade Justice Movement, People & Planet and CAFOD. Oxfam International is an international confederation of 13 independent non-governmental dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. ... The Trade Justice Movement is a British coalition, founded in 2000, of more than 80 organisations campaigning for Trade Justice - fundamental change of the unjust rules and institutions governing international trade so that it is made to work for all, particularly poor people, and the environment. ... People & Planet, often abbreviated to P&P, is the largest student network in the UK campaigning to alleviate world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. ... The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), previously known as the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development, is a United Kingdom-based international aid agency working to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing countries. ...


Presidents

Presidents
Years of office Name Institution(s) Faction
1922 Ivison S Macadam King's College London
1922-23 A Gordon Bagnall University of Oxford
1923-24 Ralph Nunn May University of Birmingham
1924-25 F G G Carr University of Cambridge
1925-26 W J Langford University of Reading
1926-27 J E Meredith University of Wales, Bangor
1927-29 F O Darvall University of Reading
1929-30 Sam Cohen University College, Cardiff
1930-31 H Trevor Lloyd University of Bristol
1931-33 Denis Follows University of London and University of Nottingham
1933-34 Charles G Gilmore University of London
1934-36 F Lincoln Ralphs University of Sheffield
1936-38 F Fraser Milne University of London
1938-39 R R S Ward University of Sheffield
1939-40 Brian Simon University of Cambridge and University of London
1940-41 P A H Rivett University of Leeds
1941-42 S G Checkland University of Birmingham
1942-44 Jack T Allanson University of Manchester
1944-46 A T James University of London
1946-47 G Mcleavy University of Leeds
1947-49 W Bonney Rust University of London
1949-51 Stanley K Jenkins University College, Cardiff
1951-52 John M Thompson University of Manchester
1952-54 Fred Jarvis University of Oxford
1954-56 Frank H Copplestone University of Nottingham
1956-58 Roland Freeman University of London
1958-60 Dennis J Grennan University of Southampton
1960-62 J Gwyn Morgan University of Wales, Aberystwyth
1962-64 A R Hughes University of Wales, Aberystwyth
1964-66 T William Savage Queen's University of Belfast
1966-68 T Geoff Martin Queen's University of Belfast
1968-69 Trevor A Fisk University of London
1969-71 Jack Straw University of Leeds Radical Student Alliance
1971-73 Digby Jacks University of London Left Caucus
1973-75 John Randall University of York Broad Left
1975-77 Charles Clarke University of Cambridge Broad Left
1977-78 Sue Slipman University of Wales, Lampeter Broad Left
1978-80 Trevor Phillips Imperial College London Broad Left
1980-82 David Aaronovitch University of Manchester Broad Left
1982-84 Neil Stewart University of Aberdeen NOLS
1984-86 Phil Woolas University of Manchester NOLS
1986-88 Vicky Phillips University of East Anglia NOLS
1988-90 Maeve Sherlock University of Liverpool NOLS
1990-92 Stephen Twigg University of Oxford NOLS
1992-94 Lorna Fitzsimons Loughborough College NOLS
1994-96 Jim Murphy University of Strathclyde NOLS
1996-98 Douglas Trainer University of Strathclyde NOLS
1998-00 Andrew Pakes University of Hull NOLS
2000-02 Owain James University of Warwick Organised Independent
2002-04 Mandy Telford University of Strathclyde NOLS
2004-06 Kat Fletcher Sheffield College and University of Leeds Campaign for Free Education (2004-5), Independent (2005-6)
2006-present Gemma Tumelty Liverpool John Moores University Organised Independent

Sir Ivison Stevenson Macadam OBE (1894 - 1974) was the first President of the National Union of Students, President of Kings College London Students Union and Director General of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. ... Kings College London is the largest college of the University of London and one of a number of university institutions founded in England in the early 19th century: only the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have royal charters predating that of Kings. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... Website http://www. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The University of Reading is a Red brick, campus university in the English town of Reading, UK. Established in 1892, receiving its Royal Charter in 1926, the University has a long tradition of research, education and training at a local, national and international level. ... Affiliations University of Wales Website http://www. ... The University of Reading is a Red brick, campus university in the English town of Reading, UK. Established in 1892, receiving its Royal Charter in 1926, the University has a long tradition of research, education and training at a local, national and international level. ... The main building of Cardiff University Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Cardiff University Cardiff University (Welsh: Prifysgol Caerdydd) is a leading university located in the civic centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... The University of Bristol is a university in Bristol, England. ... Sir Denis Follows was educated at the universities of London and Nottingham. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of Nottingham is a leading research and teaching university in the city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands of England. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of Sheffield is a research university, located in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of Sheffield is a research university, located in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ... Website http://www. ... The University of Manchester is a university located in Manchester, England. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The main building of Cardiff University Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Cardiff University Cardiff University (Welsh: Prifysgol Caerdydd) is a leading university located in the civic centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... The University of Manchester is a university located in Manchester, England. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... The University of Nottingham is a leading research and teaching university in the city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands of England. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of Southampton is a university situated in the city of Southampton, on the south coast of Great Britain. ... Affiliations University of Wales, AMBA, ACU, Universities UK, HiPACT Website http://www. ... Affiliations University of Wales, AMBA, ACU, Universities UK, HiPACT Website http://www. ... Queens University Belfast is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland and a member of the Russell League (the UKs top 20 research universities). ... Queens University Belfast is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland and a member of the Russell League (the UKs top 20 research universities). ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... John Whitaker Straw (born August 3, 1946) is a British Labour Party politician. ... The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The University of York is a campus university in York, England. ... Broad Left is the generic term for a coalition of left members in a trade union. ... The Rt Hon. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... Broad Left is the generic term for a coalition of left members in a trade union. ... A graduate of the University of Wales, Lampeter, Sue Slipman went on to teacher training at the University of London, and began her career as President of the National Union of Students between 1977 and 1978. ... University of Wales, Lampeter Prifysgol Cymru, Llanbedr Pont Steffan   University of Wales, Lampeter (Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Llanbedr Pont Steffan) is a university in Lampeter, Wales, the oldest degree awarding institution in Wales, and the third oldest in England and Wales after Oxford and Cambridge. ... Broad Left is the generic term for a coalition of left members in a trade union. ... Trevor Phillips Trevor Phillips OBE (born in London on December 31, 1953) is a Black British Labour politician and former political journalist of Guyanese origins. ... Imperial College London is a British university institution and a constituent college of the University of London. ... Broad Left is the generic term for a coalition of left members in a trade union. ... David Aaronovitch (born July 8, 1954) is a British journalist, broadcaster, and author. ... The University of Manchester is a university located in Manchester, England. ... Broad Left is the generic term for a coalition of left members in a trade union. ... The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495, in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... Philip James Woolas (born 11 December 1959) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Manchester is a university located in Manchester, England. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a leading campus university located in Norwich, Norfolk, England, founded as part of the British Governments New Universities programme in the 1960s. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... Maeve Sherlock OBE was the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, between August 2003 and October 2006. ... The University of Liverpool is a university in the city of Liverpool, England. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... Stephen Twigg (born 25 December 1966) is a British politician and former Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... Lorna Fitzsimons (born 6 August 1967) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Loughborough College is a college of Further Education in the United Kingdom. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... James Murphy (born 23 August 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a British politician in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Strathclyde is a university in Glasgow, Scotland. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... The University of Strathclyde is a university in Glasgow, Scotland. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... The Venn Building The University of Hull, also known as Hull University, is an English university located in Hull (or Kingston upon Hull), a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... The University of Warwick coat of arms The University of Warwick is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom. ... The Organised Independents (often abbreviated to OI)are a grouping within the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. ... The University of Strathclyde is a university in Glasgow, Scotland. ... Labour Students, often referred to as NOLS (from National Organisation of Labour Students, the former title), is an independent student organisation affiliated to the British Labour Party. ... Kat Fletcher Kat Fletcher was president of the UK National Union of Students between 2004 and 2006, the first to be elected from a political slate clearly to the left of Labour Students, who had held the position for most of the previous twenty years. ... The Sheffield College is a college in Sheffield, England. ... The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ... The Campaign for Free Education (often abbreviated CfE) was a left-wing grouping in the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom of those opposed to tuition fees and the abolition of student grants. ... Gemma Tumelty, a students union officer, was elected President of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (NUS) on March 31, 2006 and will take up the post in July. ... Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is a university in Liverpool, United Kingdom. ... The Organised Independents (often abbreviated to OI)are a grouping within the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. ...

Area organisation

National Union of Students Areas are support organisations, affiliation to which is open to individual students' unions which are usually (but not always) already affiliated members of the UK-wide National Union of Students of the United Kingdom ("NUS"). Membership of an Area organisation is optional (determined by the normal democratic process at each students' union) and is paid for by subscription in addition to the cost of affiliation to the national body. A students union, student government, or student council is a student organization present at many colleges and universities, often with its own building on the campus, dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body. ...


Area organisations meet together to support each other through the Areas Political Convention (formerly the Areas National Convention), and are able to attend the National Union's annual conference as non-voting observers. Additionally Area Conveners have sometimes been members of the Executive Committees of the "special regions" (Scotland (NUS Scotland), Wales (UCMC/NUS Wales), and Northern Ireland (NUS-USI).) The National Union of Students Scotland is the Scottish section of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. ... This article needs to be wikified. ...


The position of "Areas" within the Constitution of the National Union has long been somewhat controversial. They do not feature in all printed editions of the Constitution, but have not been officially dissolved by the decision-making Annual Conference of the national body. They are nominally autonomous or semi-autonomous, but often use some of the same branding and certainly have access to the resources of their regional and national offices.


The current National Union of Students website has this to say about areas:

Area organisations, recognised by NUS, provide localised support to students’ unions through campaigns, development and training. They consist of students’ unions that choose to affiliate to the Area within a geographical boundary determined by NUS. Area organisations further the work of NUS within their boundary, and must do so in accordance with the aims, objects and policy of the national union.

At one time almost all NUS regions contained several Area organisations; Scotland for example was divided into "NUS North of Scotland Area", "NUS West of Scotland Area" and "NUS East of Scotland Area". In this example, the East of Scotland organisation tended to work very closely with the national (Scottish) organisation due to being based in the same city, Edinburgh. In more remote parts of the country, the Area organisations are intended to form a useful first point of contact and readily accessible person to assist the local student unions. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Areas normally have a "Convener" who is generally a current student or one who has just graduated, and will take a year, theoretically (but not always) paid, to work for the Area — known as a "sabattical" in the case of current students, and in this sense following the model of the sabattical officers of students' unions at individual educational institutions. Occasionally the Convener would serve two or even more years in office. Those Areas able to afford the costs may send their Convener to a training session provided by the National Union. In any event, the regional organisation will normally provide training and support.


Because of their local perspective and autonomous nature, it is not uncommon for Areas to be involved in conflicts with the national organisation. Conversely, political groupings (and the fulfilling of obvious functions and shared goals) within the bodies sometimes draws them into very close co-operation.


Current Areas

Anglian Union of Students (ANGUS)

ANGUS holds two conferences, winter and spring, where delegates set area policy and elect area representatives.


South East Area National Union of Students (SEANUS)

SEANUS has only part-time Executive, reducing affiliation costs. The Area's main campaign in 2006 is for a South East Weighting on Student loans, similar to London.


West Midlands Area National Union of Students (WMANUS)

WMANUS has two full-time convenors who are supported by a part-time Executive Committee. It holds two Conferences (Spring and Winter) every year. Its main aims are to represent all students of affiliated Student Union/Associations/Guilds on educational and welfare issues across the West Midlands region. It runs regional wide campaigns as well as specific training events for its Constituent Members


North East, Yorkshire and Humber Area National Union of Students

NEYAHA has a part time Executive, in order to reduce costs. It holds two conferences in order to set policy and elect area representatives.


Liberation Campaigns

LGBT Campaign

Disabled Students' Campaign

Black Students' Campaign

Women's Campaign

References

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External links

  • NUS Home
  • NUS Website for Union Officers
  • NUS Extra Card
  • NUS Services Limited Website
  • Fairtrade NUS Campaign, a campaign for NUS unions to stock tea and coffee accredited exclusively with the FAIRTRADE Mark.
  • no2nus Group critical of NUS and encourages disaffiliation
  • OffCourse: The Silly Student Voice Parody of the UK student union establishment

 
 

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