Surrey, I think it’s time to disaffiliate with the NUS

With only a few weeks between deciding to have the referendum and actually holding it, the turnout will probably be tiny, however, I’m worried that those who do vote will be scared to side with this campaign if it follows a similar rhetoric to that of the Leave.EU campaign. Obviously, very different organisations, but no doubt “We spend £43,000 on NUS, let’s spend that on Rubix nightclub instead” sounds similar to something we’ve read before on the side of a bus.
 
Personally, I think we should disaffiliate because, as we do not directly elect the NUS leader, the organisation does not represent ALL students. I think in many ways the NUS fails to be transparent and engage students, hence the fact that most Surrey students really don’t care and probably don’t even know they’re members of the NUS. Surrey students probably also don’t realise the amount of time/money the NUS has put into campaigns which don’t directly benefit us as members, like calling for the monarchy to be abolished. 👀
 
I’m guessing that most students know of the NUS only via NUS Extra discount cards, but UNiDAYS & StudentBeans have already outdone this; with more discounts, better technology and no upfront fee. Besides that, in most cases, a University of Surrey ID card can get you the same discounts in shops/restaurants.
 
Even if there is a dramatic change that the NUS makes to student life, we would still benefit from outside, but also there are already intentions for universities in the South East to form a network of their own to discuss problems which directly affect us – such as extending the London weighting maintenance fees to expensive areas outside of the M25 like Guildford & Brighton. And, if you saw the work that our directly-elected sabbatical officers have been doing (such getting more student accommodation in Guildford’s town plan) I think you’d agree that it’s fair to say they’re dealing with Student issues in Surrey a lot better than the NUS ever will. Not to mention, an extra £43,000 a year for the USSU could go a long way. Therefore, Surrey, I think it’s time to disaffiliate with the NUS.

My UCAS Hell | James’ Journal

UCAS; the acronym of an organisation that pre-university students tend to loathe due to it’s infuriating processes and through fear of the fact that university is coming up very, very shortly. I’ve been hesitant to talk about my experiences while it was all up in the air, as I’d applied for a Digital Media course and universities may have checked my social media & blog, but now it’s all settled – so here’s my story…

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2015 Has the Potential to be Incredible

It’s been 3 weeks now, and that slow, tedious January didn’t happen this year. I mean, January totally happened – but not in it’s usual fashion. It started with… oh wait, it started with somewhat of a hangover and a lack of sleep. Never mind. It continued with a lot of productivity; in terms of college work and university-related “things”. I’ve also got round to cooking some actual meals for myself, trying out some new music and tv, building my portfolio and, of course, keeping in contact with the people around me that paint my canvas – that let me do what I’m doing. Besides the continued heavy workload, I’m happy and I’m healthy. I believe 2015 will continue in this fashion. Let’s talk about that…

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