“If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson
NUS Liberation structures are changing, and it’s more important than ever that the amazing students, sabbs, and SU staff fighting for liberation on their campuses are supported and uplifted in their work. The NUS Volunteer Campaign Committee are here to ensure marginalised students stay represented on a national level. Our first action is the introduction of a Campaigners Network for each liberation campaign where you can share with, learn from, and support each other in the work you’re doing on your campuses. We strongly encourage any students and sabbs interested in liberation work to get involved in the Liberation Campaign Networks for them, by joining our Facebook groups for Black, disabled, LGBT+, trans and women student campaigners. And make sure to follow our network Twitter accounts to get more info about the networks, what work we’re doing, and the amazing work liberation activists like you are doing right now.
The members of the committee:
Sara Khan (she/they), Vice-President for Liberation and Equality
"Hi everyone! My name is Sara (pronouns she/her or they/them). I'm super excited to be your first ever VP Liberation and Equality, and chair of the Liberation Campaign Committee. In my previous role, I was Liberation and Access Officer at the University of Manchester Students' Union, where I co-founded the Decolonise UoM campaign. I'm excited about taking a radical, intersectional, and decolonial approach to NUS' Liberation work moving forward, together with the wonderful Liberation Campaign Committee. It's so important for us to understand how structures of oppression are co-produced and to take a holistic approach to fighting them - in the words of Audre Lorde, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” In my spare time I run a YouTube channel with friends, where we discuss all things liberation and gaming. I'm also a part-time student, studying English Literature at the University of Manchester."
Ankit Duggal (he/him), Black* member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
"Hello everyone, my name is Ankit Duggal, thanks to everyone who voted for me to be elected as Volunteer Campaign Committee member for Black liberation group.
I am a postgraduate student and studying in Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I am also the Elected President in Edinburgh Napier Student Association and last year I was elected as Education Officer. My job is to facilitate the student's voice. I want to get to know and listen to all of you to ensure your holistic wellbeing. Develop the community spirit with students and communication. I believe Unity in Diversity; Let’s work for it together and make the student experience the best it can be! Follow me on twitter and join the NUS Black Campaigners Network"
Leo (ze/hir or he/him), Disabled member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
"Hey, I'm Leo (ze/hir or he/him pronouns) and I'm your Disabled rep on the Liberation Committee! I'm really excited to start building a Campaigners' Network for Disabled students and to work with the rest of the committee to make sure we're approaching liberation as a collective struggle, empowering and learning from each other. It's so important to me that Disabled students have opportunities to fight for themselves and each other and have the tools to do so, through political education and links with the Disabled People's Movement. When I'm not being angry and Disabled I'm a student at Leeds, where I study Linguistics and Phonetics, and I also run the comedy society! Feel free to get in touch with any questions about the campaign on our Facebook group, or the campaign's Twitter!"
Shane (they/them), LGBT+ member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
"Hey there! I’m Shane Simpkin (they/them pronouns) and this year I’m your LGBT+ Rep on your Liberation Campaign Committee. This year, you’ve given me the honour of rebuilding LGBT+ Liberation in a smaller, more campaign focused National Union of Students. Although we’re a lot smaller, I’m still optimistic that we’ll be able to achieve so much! A little bit about me: I’m a 2nd Year Sociology Student at Kingston University London. I’m the LGBT+ Officer at the Union of Kingston Students. I’m a little bit of a workaholic. Blue exorcist is my favourite anime.
My aims for this year are: To build and facilitate the NUS LGBT+ Student Campaigners Network. I’ll be doing this by using the knowledge and expertise gained from doing similar work in my own SU. Working closely with your VP Liberation and holding them accountable. Building on the work of NUS LGBT+ to ensure that it carries on into our new structures. Fighting & Defending LGBT+ Students across the UK! Making sure that we are accountable and transparent to you (the lovely people who elected me ♥). Work to release guidance and best practice for SU LGBT+ Officers/Reps/Societies by NUS.
Get in touch with me on: Twitter: @ShaneSimpkin // @NUS_LGBT
Facebook: Facebook.com/Shane.Union // NUS LGBT StudentCampaigners Network"
Rosa (they/them or she/her), Trans member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
Hi! I’m Rosa (they/them or she/her pronouns), and I’m the Trans place on your Liberation Committee for this year. This year, I’m hoping to build and facilitate an active Trans Student Campaigners’ Network to ensure that all trans students feel supported in the campaigning they do, as well as to work with the rest of our amazing committee to fight for liberation across the four nations! At the moment I’m studying Linguistics at Manchester, where I’m also one of the part-time Trans Students’ Officers, as well as learning Japanese on the side. If you have any questions, make sure to ask in our network Facebook group or DM us on Twitter!
Mia (she/her), Women member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
"Hi! I’m Mia (she/her pronouns), and I’m the Women’s place rep on your new Liberation Campaign Committee this academic year alongside my role as President of the University of Leicester Students’ Union. My aim for this year is to reactivate the Women’s Student Campaign, increasing the reach and membership of the network and working together with sabbs and students to continue the move towards radical feminist implementation in students unions and national framework on policy that infringes upon the rights and safety of womxn. Alongside my SU role, I will continue to work with survivor and sex worker organisation and the 5 other members of the campaign to push for an intersectional approach for justice for marginalised students in HE.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, join the Women Campaigners Network group, or follow our Twitter!"