My Plan

The student movement is on its knees. Our representatives have allowed us to become viewed as illegitimate, extreme, sectarian, and closed minded.

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This is how we can turn things around, if you elect me as your next NUS President.

  1. Democracy
    • Support means by which students across the country can vote for our NUS president.
    • Support greater transparency within our formal structures.
    • End secret ballots at NUS conferences so students in our member SU’s can see the record of the delegates they elect.
  2. Legitimacy
    • Stick to campaigning on student issues, not geopolitical ones.
      • Debating irrelevant grandstanding, self aggrandising, self defeating policies makes a mockery of our movement.
      • Let’s turn our focus on to the real issues of living costs.
    • Cut back on street protests. Too often these protests turn the spotlight on the very worst aspects of a vocal and violent minority in the student movement, and makes it too easy to dismiss us.
  3. Inclusivity
    • Welcome people of all opinions into our movement, and avoid factional fights.
      • Student opinion is diverse and we must reflect this.
      • Reach out to those who are too often excluded from our movement.
      • Spend as much time with actual students as possible, tour HE and FE institutions.
  4. Results
    • A renewed, more legitimate NUS will be taken more seriously by the Government. We need to be grown up about our positions.
      • This means we have to be flexible and innovative in our response to government policy.
        • For example, tuition fees are here to stay, lets lobby for a better delivery system and highlight devastating cases of students getting the money they are entitled to and deserve outrageously late.
      • Explore ways we can encourage innovation in education. Is a three or four year expensive university experience the best way to deliver higher education?

Click here to see my manifesto.