Liberation is: The seeking of equal status and freedom from all forms of oppression.
The word liberation is symbolic for NUS and reflects the four groups who face oppression in society today: women, LGBT, Disabled and black people. NUS use it because we believe that the struggle for equality is about liberation and freedom – freedom from discrimination in every area of life and freedom from fear of violence and prejudice that we can face because of our identities. The Liberation Campaigns are also lead by those who self define into the group facing that collective oppression.
Liberation is important to NUS because discrimination against students’ identities can affect their participation, achievement, retention and progression in education.
NUS Liberation Campaigns
Liberation Campaigns within NUS seek to ensure that discrimination against black, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans), women and disabled students is brought to an end.
NUS has four Liberation Campaigns: Black Students, Disabled students,LGBT students and women students, all of which work to campaign to defend the rights of diverse students.
Each Liberation Campaign also undertakes research to better understand the experiences and needs of black, disabled, LGBT and women students:
This report focuses on Black students’ educational experiences, including access, teaching and learning, and the institutional environment. It also includes an exploration of how these experiences may be different for home and international Black students.
This report focuses on students using personal care packages, exploring their experiences in choosing an institution and managing the transition in to higher education. The differences between those who choose to attend institutions in their home area and those who move away are also explored.
This report explores LGBT students’ levels of participation in sport, the experiences of those who participate, and the barriers to participation for those who do not participate.
This report brings together independently commissioned research examining ‘lad culture’ in higher education, including both a literature review and a report of qualitative research with women students. It explores the way that ‘lad culture’ shapes women students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.
As well as research, the Liberation Campaigns provide information, support and guidance on campaigning, development and training opportunities and general information on how students’ unions can improve the experiences of students who define into the Liberation Campaigns.