Tuesday 24-11-2015 - 12:15
Students came together yesterday (23 November) to demonstrate the positive impact that students’ unions have in their communities and to tell the government why we all #LoveSUs
As part of NUS' response to the government's higher education green paper, the #LoveSUs campaign is gathering evidence of students' unions' crucial role in university and public life. The Day of Action was a chance for students, student officers and the wider public to shout about why students’ unions are important to them.
NUS' Richard Brooks, Fergal McFerron and Simon Blake all wrote about what their students' unions meant to them and the campaign also received the backing of Guild HE, who said:
‘GuildHE is proud of the excellent work of our students' unions, supporting and representing students. We - and our member institutions - believe in a partnership approach, with students valued and active members of our communities.
'GuildHE has been working closely with our members students' unions, NUS and TSEP to develop a report showcasing the importance of students' unions and student engagement and we hold several meetings a year bringing together students' union representatives along with institutional staff. For the first time this year we have invited students' union presidents to our annual conference alongside Vice Chancellors.
'We are therefore pleased to support #LoveSUs’
It wasn't just students and students' unions who showed their support, with backing also coming from, among others, the National Union of Teachers:
The Day of Action saw an outpouring of support across the country, with #LoveSUs trending all day on Twitter (see a selection below). But the fight to stand up for students’ unions doesn’t stop here.
The #LoveSUs campaign is part of NUS’ wider response to the government’s green paper on higher education, which questioned the activities and accountability of students’ unions.
You can find out more via NUS Vice President (Higher Education) Sorana Vieru’s blog - Quality doesn't grow on fees - and our #LoveSUs campaign page.
It’s important that we keep up the momentum to ensure that students’ unions remain a strong and valued part of student life. We have a consultation day on Thursday 3 December to support staff and officers in their response to the green paper – more information can be found here
#LoveSUs on Twitter: