The Norwich Radical was born in the student movement, and we continue to play an active role within it. We recognise that while official structures are not the sum total of the movement, they are undeniably important. After a momentous year for the National Union of Students, studying it is more important than ever for understanding the political consciousness of the student movement. As we move into election season for the new NUS President, Vice Presidents and National Executive Council, we contacted all candidates in those elections and offered them the space to write about their election campaigns, why they are standing and their vision for NUS.
Submissions are unedited, and are being published in the order we receive them. This candidate is standing for the NEC Block of 15.
As a committed member of Socialist Students, I believe that students must stand up for their rights and campaign to protect them. This is evident when looking at my track record on the student council at Coventry University. I have campaigned on housing issues, which has led to the establishment of a Tenants Union, on staff wages, and on protecting welfare schemes which are under attack from University management.
If elected to the block of 15 I will push for the NUS to take more action to protect students from this vicious Tory government’s attacks. We need to expand the NSS boycott to include action that the government can’t ignore. As a Union, we should also work with the UCU on joint issues that affect both students and lectures. By working closely together and by putting our demands for free, accessible education for all clearly, we can force the government to retreat.
We need a NUS that is willing to stand up and fight for students interests, and for this we need socialists on the Block of 15.