The Future of the Student Movement

Monday 03-11-2014 - 14:22

NUS has announced the launch of SU34 - The Future of the Student Movement. 

The project, originally outlined at Students’ Unions 2014 by NUS Vice-President Union Development Raechel Mattey, has been designed to celebrate the things that students’ unions have achieved since the 1994 Education Act, and act as an opportunity for the movement to do some future gazing about the challenges that lie ahead.

NUS has designed a series of briefings, tools and information sheets to help start the most important conversation we have had for 20 years, and together we will formulate a case for our future that makes students too powerful to ignore.

As a starting point, we have produced SU34 – The Future of the Student Movement which aims to articulate the importance of this work and why we need to start thinking about the long term future of our movement.

To support this work, NUS will start a big conversation to better understand the perceptions of stakeholders that interact with the student movement, and will work alongside The Student Engagement Partnership who will support this with further support and analysis.

Raechel Mattey, along with NUS President Toni Pearce, has penned a joint open letter to Vice ChancellorsPrincipals and Institutional leaders to ask that they contribute to this conversation and we would encourage students’ unions to ask similar questions by forwarding on these letters alongside a more immediate perspective about the current state and future of your students’ union. We have also produced a guide for students’ unions and colleges on the existing requirements of the 1994 Education.

To support any activities you wish to run locally about the future of the student movement we have developed a Press and Public Relations Toolkit and Lobbying guide that will help to celebrate all you have achieved over the past 20 years whilst building for our future.
In an effort to broaden our collective horizons, we will also be doing some research into student movements from around the world. NUS will be releasing monthly articles that describe the purpose and approaches of student movements from each of the world’s continents.

NUS has also produced a calendar of key dates to keep you up to speed with the big conversation process and its outcomes.

NUS will be sending out additional communications around this project as it moves forward but should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at 


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