After the 2014 NUS referendum, we were promised reform. Instead, things have gotten worse.
Highlights from this year’s work include Jewish representation removed from their anti-racism committee, the notorious motion to seek “restrictions” on anonymous use of YikYak (a purely anonymous platform), the Holocaust memorial embarrassment (delegates applauded for arguing to block a national commemoration this year because it’s not ‘inclusive’), a blanket opposition to any future HE reforms (without knowing what they will be), and more evidence that NUS execs are out of touch. Our universities are “the most expensive in the world” - VP for FE, and “teaching hasn't progressed much since the Industrial Revolution” – President-elect).
President-elect Malia Bouattia has been criticised by 57 leaders of Jewish student societies nationwide for past anti-Semitic rhetoric, and previously blocked a motion to condemn ISIS on the basis that it “appeared to condemn all Muslims”. The motion did no such thing.
Less than 0.005% of students voted for the new President, yet the NUS refuses to adopt One Member One Vote which would give you a say on who represents you.
And we should stay for a £12 discount card used by less than 15% of students, with the majority its offers being given for free elsewhere? For a student voice that failed to prevent tuition fees being trebled, protect maintenance grants, or stop tuition fees rising again? Guild services will not be negatively impacted by disaffiliation. That’s from executive Guild staff. Southampton, St Andrews and Imperial aren’t affiliated with the NUS and their unions are thriving.
The NUS can’t be reformed. It’s unaccountable, undemocratic and unreasonable, and it doesn’t represent Exeter.
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