Julia Swann: Why students' unions should resist threats and not provide funding to 'pro-life' groups
Julia Swann, writing on behalf of a group of pro-choice students at the University of Strathclyde, argues that attempts by a ‘pro-life’ group on campus to secure students’ union funding through threatening legal action must be resisted.
FOR MANY, students’ unions are a place of safety and sanctuary. Much of my experience as a student at University of Strathclyde has been shaped by my involvement in the students’ union. As a woman, I have always valued the pro-choice stance of the students’ union which, thankfully, still stands today.
Liam McCabe: Why the students' movement is linking arms with the workers' movement to fight exploitation
NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe explains why the students’ union is endorsing Unite Hospitality to eradicate unfair and exploitative work in Scotland
It WAS an immense privilege to be elected as NUS Scotland President, outlining my radical, positive vision for a powerful, campaigning, grassroots student movement.
‘Wild, heroic, brilliantly imaginative’: How students nearly inspired a revolution in May ’68
CommonSpace journalist Sean Bell explores the role of students in Paris May ‘68, speaking to eyewitness reporter Neal Ascherson about his experience of that time, and comparing that revolt to the student occupations in Scotland this year
MAY, 1968 – the crowded and clashing ideologies it encapsulated, the dreams it inspired, and the unprecedented events which escalated until Paris and beyond seemed on the brink of some audacious new form of revolution – did not appear spontaneously.
SNP youth wing urges party to do more for student mental health
Young SNP campaigners say student counselling funding review is needed
SNP YOUTH: Young Scots for Independence, the youth wing of the SNP, has called for a review of funding for student counselling in further and higher education.
With a new programme for government upcoming, SNP Youth has said it is time for the Scottish Government to commit to an increase in funding for counselling for students and reduce long waiting lists.
Doubt cast on student immigration figures as new data shows numbers far less than estimated
Students leaving the UK after studying could reduce net immigration figures
THE NUMBER of foreign students overstaying their visas when they have finished studying is far lower than has been estimated.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) had suggested there was just over 100,000 over-stayers per year, but statistics released on the UK Government’s exit checker show the figure is acutally a substantially lower 4,600.
Ex-NUS President: Murdo Fraser is a hypocrite on anti-semitism and bigotry
Scottish Tories stand by Fraser’s “bigots” attack on National Union of Students
THE TORIES are exploiting anti-semitism “for their own cynical political ends”, according to the former president of the National Union of Students (NUS) in Scotland.
Edinburgh University told lecturers: 'Spy on struggling students'
Outcry over data-gathering demand led to plan being scrapped
SENIOR MANAGEMENT at the University of Edinburgh asked staff to pass on personal information about financially struggling students.
Management staff at one of Scotland's universities have come under fire for asking staff to report on students who fall behind with their fee payments.
Disproportionately high number of Scottish students relying on pay-day loans to get by
18.75 per cent of UK students relying on pay-day loans are in Scotland
OVER 6,000 students in Scotland are turning to notorious pay day lenders to get by, according to new research by Unite Students.
Pay-day loans are easy to access but charge huge rates of interest, and have been widely criticised for exploiting financial insecurity and are akin to loan sharks.