National Union of Students (United Kingdom)
This article needs additional citations for verification. (June 2016)
The National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (NUS) is a confederation of student unions in the United Kingdom. Around 600 student unions are affiliated, accounting for more than 95% of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Although the National Union of Students is the central organization for all affiliated unions in the UK, there are also the devolved national sub-bodies NUS Scotland in Scotland, NUS Wales (UCM Cymru) in Wales and NUS-USI in Northern Ireland (the latter being co-administered by the Union of Students in Ireland). NUS current President is Larissa Kennedy.
|Formation||10 February 1922|
|Headquarters||London, England, UK|
|Services||support to students and students' unions|
|~600 students' unions|
|English, Welsh (NUS Wales)|
|Subsidiaries||NUS Services Limited, NUS Holdings Limited, NUS Students' Union Charitable Services, NUS Media Limited|
|Affiliations||European Students' Union|
NUS is a member of the European Students' Union.
- Constituent membership is granted to students' unions by National Conference or National Executive Council by a two-thirds majority vote
- Individual membership is granted automatically to members of students' unions with constituent membership, sabbatical officers of constituent members, members of the National Executive Council and sabbatical conveners of NUS Areas
- Associate membership is granted by a two-thirds majority vote of National Executive Council to:
- Student Organisations in Association - any national student organisations
- Partner Organisations in Association - non-student organisations which sympathise with the NUS
- Individuals in Association - any individual who supports the objects of the NUS
- NUS Areas - geographically-defined associations of students' unions
- Honorary membership is granted by National Conference to "any person or organisation as it sees fit"
Of these types of membership, only constituent members may vote on or submit policy proposals to the National Conference. Constituent members and associate members are required to pay a subscription fee as a condition of their membership.
Origins and early historyEdit
The NUS was formed on 10 February 1922 at a meeting held at the University of London. At this meeting, the Inter-Varsity Association and the International Students Bureau (which organised student travel and had been lobbying for a national body) agreed to merge.
Founding members included the unions of University of Birmingham, Birkbeck, University of London, London School of Economics, Imperial College (who first left in 1923 and have subsequently rejoined and left three times, the last time being in June 2008), King's College London (who supplied the first President, Sir Ivison Macadam) and the University of Bristol.
Politicisation and Broad Left, 1968–1982Edit
In the aftermath of the Second World War and with the onset of the Cold War, the National Union of Students had adopted a "no politics" clause in its charter in an attempt to distance itself from its 1930s flirtations with communism. During the 1950s it had thus concerned itself with collective bargaining over student grants, teaching salaries and education. This apolitical consensus was challenged in concert with the international protests of 1968 and as the Cold War intensified. At the 1969 NUS conference, then president Trevor Fisk came up against Jack Straw (then close to Bert Ramelson of the Communist Party of Great Britain, but much later Foreign Secretary under the New Labour government of Tony Blair) over the issue. Straw supported student protests against US military involvement in the Vietnam War, while Fisk advocated neutrality; Straw's side won and the "no politics" clause was removed.
A new era began for the NUS, where political agitation and protest became institutionalized. Straw was followed up as president by Digby Jacks, also representing the Radical Student Alliance (formed in 1966 by Fergus Nicholson) and a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. According to contemporary British government reports, the RSA was connected to the Trotskyist-led Vietnam Solidarity Campaign and had close links with the Sozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (organising a protest following Rudi Dutschke's shooting). The government report stated "If they have an ideological bible it consists of the work of Professor Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man." In line with the Marcusian viewpoint of championing politicised minority groups, throughout the 1970s, the NUS came to support what it called "liberation campaigns", including; homosexual rights (the first national group to do so in 1973), radical feminism and black nationalism. At the same time, the NUS adopted a No Platform policy; a concept pioneered by the IMG in 1972; to stifle the campus organisation and speech of nationalistic British groups that it declared to be "racist or fascist". At the time this was aimed at the National Front and the Monday Club (a faction in the Federation of Conservative Students).
The union was also involved in affairs in Northern Ireland, where most higher education establishments there were members of both the NUS and the Union of Students in Ireland, though this differed from case to case. Indeed, two presidents of the NUS earlier on in the 1960s were from Queen's University, Belfast; T. William Savage and T. Geoff Martin. The 1968-69 unrest in Northern Ireland saw the onset of The Troubles and a sectarian divisiveness come to the fore. After members of the QUBSU organised a protest against politician Bill Craig, some members such as Bernadette Devlin, Eamonn McCann and Michael Farrell decided to found the Trotskyist group People's Democracy in 1968, which played a role in the Northern Ireland civil rights movement. Following a meeting in Galway in 1972, to combat divisions it was agreed that a group called the NUS-USI would be founded with dual-membership to cover Northern Ireland.
One of the NUS' protest campaigns which was of particular significance during the 1970s and the 1980s was the boycott campaign against National Party governed South Africa as part of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. In 1970, NUS vice president Tony Klug visited South Africa and met with Steve Biko of the SASO among others. Members also attempted to disrupt South African rugby and cricket matches in the United Kingdom during the 1970s. In the 1980s, the NUS played a significant role in getting Barclay's Bank to divest from South Africa, attacking it as "Boerclay Bank".
Throughout this period, the NUS presidency was dominated by the Broad Left, within which the Communist Party of Great Britain (where Eurocommunism was most popular among students rather than the pro-Soviet "Tankie" anti-revisionists) predominated and usually supplied the president, but were backed up Labour and the Liberals. They did so to work as a voting bloc against both the Conservatives and Militant. The first of these Broad Left presidents was Charles Clarke (later a Home Secretary under Blair) who as a member of the Clause Four Group, won the National Organisation of Labour Students back from Militant influence. Other presidents included Sue Slipman (who began on the Eurocommunist wing on the Communist Party of Great Britain but ended up a founding member of the Social Democratic Party by 1981), Trevor Phillips (a Broad Left independent and the first black NUS president, who later led the race relations group the Runnymede Trust) and David Aaronovitch (who was then a Eurocommunist, but later a journalist aligned to neoconservatism).
Labour Students presidency, 1982–2000Edit
From 1982 with the election of Neil Stewart, until Andrew Pakes stood down in 2000, the presidency of the National Union of Students was controlled by the National Organisation of Labour Students, which shortened its name to Labour Students in 1994.
History in the 21st centuryEdit
The campaign has since been extended into Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK), an educational charity responding to the climate emergency and ecological crisis.
The Fairtrade Foundation collaborated with the NUS in awarding The Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Award, which started as a pilot in 2017. As of 2020, twelve universities had achieved Fairtrade status.
Under the leadership of Wes Streeting the NUS abandoned its long-standing commitment to free education and backed a graduate tax as its preferred outcome of the Browne Review into higher education funding. Before the 2010 General Election, the NUS invited candidates sign a pledge not to raise tuition fees, receiving over 1000 signatories from prospective parliamentary candidates. This became a very high-profile campaign when many Liberal Democrat MPs, who all signed individual NUS pledges stating they would vote against any rise in tuition fees if elected, had to abstain or do the opposite as part of their coalition agreement.
The NUS, under new leader Aaron Porter, organised a national protest attended by thousands in November 2010, demanding an end to education cuts. The march route passed Whitehall and the Conservative Party headquarters at Millbank Tower. As they marched past the building, some protesters diverted in to the courtyard of Millbank Tower and began an occupation of the building.
The day before the vote to allow a rise in tuition fees, the Daily Telegraph reported that they had seen emails that suggested Aaron Porter had supported, rather than increase tuition fees, cuts of up to 80% should be made to student support packages including grants and loans. Porter responded to the claims on NUS Connect that "In all of these meetings and communications we stated our firm and clear opposition to cuts" and that the distortion of the discussions was "political desperation from a coalition government losing the arguments on its own policies".
On 9 April 2014 the National Union of Students passed policy at its national conference to reverse its position on education funding. The call for a graduate tax was abandoned in favour of calls for free education funded through progressive taxation.
The 2008 Conference in Blackpool was dominated by the governance review debate and vote. The proposals were for a restructuring of the running of the Union but the vote was lost by 25 votes (a two-thirds majority was required). The review was criticised for what was felt by detractors to be an attack on the organisation's democratic accountability. Its supporters however defended the review as providing a more 'innovative' corporate structure which was hoped to make it more credible in negotiating policy, rather than simply 'reactive'. This was not well received by many in the executive with President, Gemma Tumelty, vowing to press ahead with reform. The perceived lack of progress on governance reform also prompted Imperial College Union to hold a referendum on disaffiliation.
ISIS, Malia Bouattia, and disaffiliationsEdit
In October 2014, NUS National Executive Committee rejected a motion to condemn the militant group Islamic State because some executive members "felt that the wording of the motion being presented would unfairly demonise all Muslims rather than solely the group of people it set out to rightfully condemn." NUS received criticism for this stance given its previous condemnation of the UKIP political party. Despite a statement from NUS confirming that "a new motion will be taken to the next NUS National Executive Committee meeting, which will specifically condemn the politics and methods of ISIS and offer solidarity for the Kurdish people," media coverage of the vote caused some students' union members to speculate that the NUS itself has been infiltrated by extremist sympathisers. At the following executive meeting on 3 December 2014, a similar motion, which condemned ISIS, expressed solidarity with the Kurdish people, and called on NUS to challenge "Islamophobia and all forms of racism being whipped up" was resubmitted and easily passed.
At the 2016 NUS conference, Malia Bouattia was elected president with 50.9% of the vote. Bouattia was soon subject to several allegations of antisemitism; an October 2016 report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee described her comments as "outright racism", and said that she was not taking issues of antisemitism on university campuses seriously enough. Bouattia was condemned by over 300 Jewish student leaders, the Union of Jewish Students and Oxford University Student Union. In response to her election, students at Durham, Loughborough, Hull, Aberystwyth, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Essex, York, King's College London, Nottingham, UWE, Leicester, Queen Mary University of London and Reading University began campaigning to disaffiliate from the NUS. Newcastle, Portsmouth, Hull and Loughbrough disaffiliated; the remainder maintained affiliation, although NUS reportedly broke campaigning rules at Oxford, Cambridge, and Christ Church.
In April 2017, Bouattia was defeated in her re-election by Shakira Martin, the union's vice-president for further education, who received 56% of the vote. Martin pledged "unity", "pragmatism", and putting "NUS back into the hands of its membership". Moderate groups such as the Organised Independents and Union of Jewish Students sought to reform the organisation to prevent further disaffiliations, passing major democratic reform motions. The changes, developed from "two [years] of consultation with hundreds of students' unions, [as well as] legal and expert advice," were described as "the most comprehensive and wide-ranging structural reforms in NUS history".
Threat of bankruptcyEdit
On 2 November 2018, it was reported that the NUS faced bankruptcy. The 2017 reforms had not been delivered, and several years of financial mismanagement had created a significant decline in resources. Martin wrote to members that the union would be "taking urgent action to stabilise", with reforms being developed for "consideration and refinement with the help of our members". Martin faced criticism for developing a drastic programme of financial, governance and campaigning reforms for approval by the 2019 National Conference; however after around five hours of debate, 700 delegates voted in favour of the package. Martin welcomed the vote, calling it a "momentous decision to endorse reform and deliver the vision of members".
In 2020, NUS official split into two organisations: NUS UK and NUS Charity. NUS UK focuses on campaigning with students while NUS Charity focuses on supporting Students' Unions.
The NUS holds national conferences once a year. National Conference is the sovereign body of NUS, and is where NUS policy is decided. Other conferences, such as Regional Conferences, Women's Conference, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Students' Conference (changed as of 2004), Disabled Students' Conference, Black Students' Conference, Mature and Part-Time Students' Conference and the International Students' Conference (created in 2004) are run to enhance the representation of the specific members they include.
In July 2014, due to the creation of a new NUS London area, the first NUS London conference was held. Most of these conferences, and in particular the elections held at them, are contested by factions including Conservative, Labour Students, the Young Liberals, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, the Organised Independents, Young Independence, Socialist Students, Socialist Workers' Student Society, Student RESPECT and Liberation Left. In addition to these political factions, interest groups such as the Federation of Student Islamic Societies and the Union of Jewish Students are deeply involved in the internal democratic processes of the NUS.
TOTUM, formerly known as NUS Extra, is a discount card which can be purchased by students. It is produced by NUS Services in conjunction with NUS, and affiliated students' unions receive a commission on every card sold to their members, however the card is available to all students regardless of whether they are members of an affiliated student union or not. TOTUM users are also eligible to apply for a NUS PASS-approved identification card.
NUS Charitable ServicesEdit
NUS has established a new charity to drive improvement in students' unions. It will focus on students' union quality, talent management, equality and diversity, strategic development and turnaround, ethical and environmental work, and fundraising.
Ethical and environmental work
In 2019, this department became an independent organisation called Students Organisation for Sustainability UK
The NUS has come in for criticism from those students' unions who are not affiliated. Sen Ganesh, then president of Imperial College Union, said in 2002 that "NUS's claim to be representative of students is not borne out by their work", especially as "the NUS is dominated by Labour students and this diminishes the ability to address student issues in an impartial fashion".
Another criticism leveled at NUS is the absence of direct democracy in electing national offices. Officers of NUS are elected at conferences by delegates chosen by affiliated unions of NUS. Critics, from both within and outside the student movement, have argued that consultation by unions with their members over who should represent the students' union at national conferences is often minimal, and some have argued in favour of changes to the NUS constitution that would result in a one-member-one-vote policy.
The NUS has also been criticised for prioritisation of NUS Extra over campaigning on issues which affect students. Despite it being NUS policy that none of the discounts on the original free NUS card would be moved to NUS Extra, proposed by Cambridge University Students' Union, NUS Treasurer Dave Lewis did not follow policy and removed the discounts from the original free NUS card.
Other critics have focussed on the organisation's perceived failure to campaign effectively on student issues such as tuition fees and prescription costs, and have advocated that students and unions coordinate independently of the NUS to campaign on the national stage.
In the mid-2000s, NUS faced a financial crisis, caused by a coinciding of spiraling expenditure and decreasing income. A series of measures were proposed to address this, of which the most controversial included a series of changes to the constitutional and democratic processes. In 2004, two emergency conferences passed some of the changes proposed, albeit not without fierce dispute between those claiming the proposals were necessary reforms to maintain the existence of the organisation and those arguing that they were aimed at curbing democracy and involvement. The 2006 NUS Conference passed a policy which enabled NUS to launch NUS Extra in September 2006.
Durham censorship controversyEdit
In February 2010, the NUS came under criticism after two of its officers forced a proposed debate on multiculturalism at the University of Durham to be cancelled. The debate, organised by the Durham Union Society – a debating society entirely separate from Durham Students' Union – was to have featured two prominent British National Party members: Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Andrew Brons and Leeds City Councillor Chris Beverley. Upon hearing of BNP involvement in the debate, NUS Black Students' Officer Bell Ribeiro-Addy and NUS LGBT Officer Daf Adley jointly sent a letter to both the Durham Union Society and the university demanding its cancellation. The pair stated that the debate would be illegal and threatened to organise a "colossal demonstration" in tandem with Unite Against Fascism, adding that "if any students are hurt in and around this event responsibility will lie with you".
The subsequent cancellation of the debate by Durham Union Society President Anna Birley on safety grounds was met with fierce backlash. NUS President Wes Streeting was prompted to personally appear before the Durham Union Society to apologise for the actions of the officers concerned, though outrage among Durham students was sufficient that a significant number protested outside the debating chamber at the time. A protest group on Facebook quickly amassed over 2,500 members. An official petition was lodged with Durham Students' Union to call for a referendum on disaffiliation from NUS. On 12 March 2010, the referendum concluded with a majority of voting students choosing to disaffiliate.
Another referendum by those in favour of NUS membership was called shortly following the "no" result, and in January 2011, 60% of Durham students taking part in the referendum voted to reaffiliate with the NUS on a turnout of 21.6% (compared with 14.5% turnout to disaffiliate the previous year).
Liar Liar CampaignEdit
In the run up to the 2015 general election the NUS launched its Liar Liar campaign aimed at unseating MPs who broke promises regarding the cost of education. At an estimated cost of £40,000 and consisting of a social media campaign alongside billboards, the campaign was well received by many students, however also came under criticism for being politically motivated specifically against Liberal Democrat MPs as opposed to members of all parties.
Posters promoting the campaign were also removed from several railway stations on the grounds that Network Rail is an "arms length public sector body" and must therefore remain politically neutral. The NUS claimed that the removal of the posters was an attempt to "gag" the union.
NUS president Toni Pearce defended the union's actions saying that the breach of a promise regarding tuition fees: "Wasn't a minor misdemeanour. It was an outright lie. We have an obligation to hold them to account for this, and we will."
- "A brief history: Our History: Who We Are: www.nus.org.uk". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
- "Membership of NUS". Retrieved 06/07/20. Check date values in:
- "Articles of Association & Rules" (PDF). National Union of Students. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- https://plus.google.com/+UNESCO (14 September 2016). "National Union of Students". UNESCO. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- "Our story @ NUS Connect". www.nusconnect.org.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- "Students start voting on NUS membership | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- "The National Union of Students and transnational solidarity,1958-1968" (PDF). Jodi Burkett. 26 January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2016.
- "A Brief History". National Union of Students. 26 January 2016.
- "Student rebels were 'frighteningly radical'". The Guardian. 26 January 2016.
- "'By whatever means necessary': The origins of the 'no platform' policy". Hatful of History. 26 January 2016.
- "The Anti-Apartheid Movement: 50 Years On". NUS. 26 January 2016.
- "Mike Terry: Campaigner who led the Anti-Apartheid Movement for two decades". The Independent. 26 January 2016.
- "Students Organising for Sustainability". NUS. Retrieved 06/07/20. Check date values in:
- "Universities and College". Retrieved 06/07/20. Check date values in:
- "Fairtrade and NUS pilot new University and College Award scheme". NUS. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 06/07/20. Check date values in:
- "12 UNIVERSITIES HAVE ACHIEVED FAIRTRADE STATUS IN NATIONWIDE FAIRTRADE UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE AWARD". Fairtrade Foundation. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 06/07/20. Check date values in:
- "Tuition fees: government wins narrow victory as protests continue". The Guardian. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "National Union of Students secretly urged Government to make deep cuts in student grants". The Daily Telegraph. UK. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
- "NUS responds to Telegraph article". NUS Connect. 9 December 2010. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- NUS National Conference 2014 (PDF). NUS. 8 April 2014. pp. 26–27. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- MacLeod, Donald (1 April 2008). "Blairite revolution in NUS is defeated". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "NUS Governance Review defeated at last stage - Education-News-News-UPSU.net". Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- Lipsett, Anthea (8 January 2008). "New year, new union". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "Every single year you boo me. I couldn't care less". The Guardian. London. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- Ashley Brown (19 May 2008). "Live! – Council Calls NUS Referendum". Live.cgcu.net. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "NUS-statement-on-NEC-motion". www.nusconnect.org.uk. NUS connect. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014.
- "NUS will condemn Israel and Ukip but not Isis". 15 October 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- "NUS-statement-on-NEC-motion". nusconnect. NUS. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- Merrill, Jamie (15 October 2014). "NUS motion to condemn Isis fails amidst claims of islamophobia". The Independent. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- "National Union of Students votes to oppose US and UK military intervention in Iraq and Syria". Stop the War. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Malia Bouattia elected NUS President after causing controversy over 'anti-Semitism and refusing to condemn Isil'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Bowden, George (14 April 2016). "NUS President Election Candidate, Malia Bouattia, Responds To 'Anti-Semitism' Claims". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- Lindley, Daniel; Bouattia, Malia (28 March 2011). "University of Birmingham & Israeli Apartheid Week: Mock Israeli Checkpoint". The London School of Emancipation Blogspot. London: The London School of Economics Student Union Palestine Society. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
- Nawaz, Maajid (20 April 2016). "Malia Bouattia is symbolic of the poison of the regressive Left". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- Firsht, Naomi (20 April 2016). "Student leader made comments about 'Zionist-led media', video reveals". The Jewish Chronicle.
- Dysch, Marcus (16 October 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Chakrabarti and Malia Bouattia criticised in MPs' antisemitism report". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
- Gilligan, Andrew (20 April 2016). "Malia Bouattia elected NUS President after causing controversy over 'anti-Semitism and refusing to condemn Isil'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Ali, Aftab. "The NUS has elected its new president for the next academic year". The Independent. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Khomani, Nadia (23 April 2016). "NUS president must address concerns over antisemitism, say Jewish students". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- "Students threaten to split from NUS over new president". BBC News. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- "Lincoln SU disaffiliates from National Union of Students". The Linc. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "VERSA - BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: NUS violate referendum rules in an attempt to influence result". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- "NUS disaffiliation: The story so far". The Tab. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- "BREAKING: No action taken against NUS or CUCA for breaking referendum rules". 26 May 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- "NUS cheat uni's vote to leave by emailing voters pro-NUS propaganda". 28 March 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- Hornall, Thomas (12 May 2016). "Newcastle University cuts ties with the NUS following election of controversial president". Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- "Why Are So Many Student Unions Trying to Leave the NUS?". Vice. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "VERSA - BREAKING: Oxford votes to stay in the NUS". 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- Topping, Alexandra; Marsh, Sarah (26 April 2017). "Divisive NUS president Malia Bouattia defeated in election". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Pells, Rachel (26 April 2017). "Further education underdog Shakira Martin wins NUS presidency". The Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Brooks, Richard (23 April 2017). "Democratic processes aren't sexy". The Tab. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- Lapwood, George (29 April 2017). "The NUS Conference was an overwhelming success. So why the obsession with 'jazz hands'?". The Student Newspaper. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- Adams, Richard (2 November 2018). "National Union of Students faces bankruptcy over £3m deficit". The Guardian.
- Weale, Sally (10 April 2019). "NUS approves measures to plug £3.6m deficit". The Guardian.
- "Governing Boards @ NUS Connect". www.nusconnect.org.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
- "National Conference". NUS. Retrieved 06/07/20. Check date values in:
- "AMSU votes to merge with NUS". NUS News. NUS. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "SUSU: What is NUS" (PDF). Southampton University Students' Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "TOTUM - #1 student discount". www.nus.org.uk.
- "TOTUM - #1 student discount". www.totum.com.
- "Proof of age ID with TOTUM". www.totum.com. NUS. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
- "Governing Boards @ NUS Connect". www.nusconnect.org.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
- "Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK)". sustainability.nus.org.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
- Adam Keating (2002). "What have NUS ever done for us?". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
- "One Member One Vote Working Group Findings" (PDF). They Work for Students. Theyworkforstudents.com. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "#NUSnc14 - And our one member one vote motion". University of York Students' Union. University of York Students' Union. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "NUS: Extra rip-off for students?". Epigram.org.uk. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- CD22_Resolutions resource.nusonline.co.uk[dead link]
- "NUS – Should we vote to disaffiliate? | The Cambridge Student". Tcs.cam.ac.uk. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "NUS Trustee Board: hammering in the final nails… : Education Not For Sale". Free-education.org.uk. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Chigbo Guilty of Election Abuses « THE TAB – www.cambridgetab.co.uk – All the latest Cambridge University news online". Cambridgetab.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "NUS CD21 Resolutions - March 2006" (PDF). NUS. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- "Security concerns stifle free speech". Palatinate.org.uk. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "The British National Party – Blog – Labour Party thugs dictate what university students can listen to". 8 February 2010. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "Multiculturalism Debate & Potential Anti-Fascist Protests – Van Mildert JCR". Dur.ac.uk. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Student union apologises over BNP claim (From the Northern Echo)". Thenorthernecho.co.uk. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "NUS mis-handling prompts backlash". Palatinate Newspaper. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "NUS mis-handling prompts backlash". Palatinate.org.uk. 8 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- Johnson, Daniel (28 January 2011). "60% vote to reaffiliate with NUS". Palatinate Online. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- http://www.codecomputerlove.com/, Code. "Liar Liar: www.nus.org.uk". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "NUS's 'Liar Liar' campaign comes under fire for being politically biased". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- Dougherty, Sarah. "Blair Blair: a response to the NUS's 'Liar Liar' campaign | Redbrick". Redbrick. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- Meikle, James. "Network Rail orders removal of NUS anti-Lib Dem posters". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "Election 2015: Nick Clegg's broken fees pledge defence 'weak' says NUS". Retrieved 21 April 2015.