What we do

We make a real difference to the lives of students

The National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.

We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.

We promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions.

To achieve this, we believe three core values are crucial:


We believe there should be equality of opportunity for everyone to participate fully in a society that celebrates diversity


Our policies and priorities must be student-led and students’ union-focused through building open, transparent and accessible democratic structures that increase performance and strengthen accountability


Students and students’ unions are more effective when they organise together locally, nationally and internationally. Unity is our strength.