This helps to shape the future of education, creating a a fairer and more prosperous society.
It may feel a little bit removed from your experience as a student or an interested member of the public, but what we do at a national level has a huge impact on how decisions are made at a local level.
This subsequently affects the life of every single current student or person looking to enter further or higher education.
We also assist with many students’ union elections – continuing to make sure that they are fair and democratic proceedings that give you exactly what, and who, you want.
Recent NUS wins
- 2016: Court finds 48,000 international students were wrongly deported by the Home Office using a flawed English language test, based on expert legal opinion NUS provided.
- 2016: NUS campaigned with FOSIS, Al-Qalam and 1st Ethical for government to introduce a Sharia-compliant loan system, and they have now announced progress on its introduction.
- 2016: We organised between SUs, universities and the higher education sector to highlight the importance and current excellence of students' unions, leading to initial plans to overhaul students' unions being rolled back.
- 2015: Universities UK established a Lad Culture/harassment taskforce at request of government, following NUS campaign work.
- 2015: NUS got the taught postgraduate loan cap removed with the #capsoff campaign, so those aged over 30 can now access postgraduate loans.
- 2015: Competitions and Markets Authority published guidance on students and consumer law following NUS pressure.
- 2014: Following an NUS complaint, the Office for Fair Trading rules that universities cannot use academic sanctions to recover non-academic debt.
- 2014: Taught postgraduate loans introduced for people aged 30 and under thanks to NUS work with a coalition of partners.
- 2013: NUS secured £5m from HEFCE for sustainability projects across England.
- 2013: NUS turned government cuts to National Scholarship Programme into over £50m more into students' pockets, supporting students' unions to take advantage of a little known rule change to turn pointless fee waivers into cash bursaries.
Historic wins that still have an impact
- 2007: Tenancy Deposit Schemes established, protecting student deposits in the private rented sector.
- 1992: NUS secures exemption from Council Tax for all full-time students.
- 1974: Negotiated with British Rail to create the Student Railcard (now Young Persons Railcard) which has led to discounted travel for millions of students.
- 1965: NUS founded Endsleigh Insurance, because existing insurance companies did not provide products to students.
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