The NUS (National Union of Students) passed a motion officially condemning ‘Student Rights’, the campus watchdog arm of the Henry Jackson Society, on Tuesday 13 May 2014.
Media coverage in The Independent, Huffington Post, The Guardian students blog and Times Higher Education and National Student follow. Here’s a re-cap.
- The Independent: ‘NUS condemns “anti-Islam” group’ Student Rights’
- Huffington Post: ‘Tide turns against anti-extremist Student Rights, as NUS condemns group’
- The Guardian (student blog): ‘“Anti-Islam” group condemned by NUS‘
- Times Higher Education: ‘Student Rights motion from NUS prompts nasty war of words‘
- The National Student: ‘Student Rights: exposing extremism or targeting Muslim students?‘
- Zelo Street: ‘Student Rights called out at last‘
Since the NUS vote, the NUS Black Students Campaign also passed an amendment condemning Student Rights as part of a wider anti-racism motion.
Students at Greenwich University subsequently became the 8th in the country – following LSE, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, Kingston, UCL, Queen Mary and KCL – to pass their own policy condemning Student Rights for ‘fuelling Islamophobia’.
These developments – especially the condemnations from two representative national student bodies – are significant victories for the Real Student Rights campaign. They show how hollow Student Rights implicit claims to be defending or representing students are.
Congratulations to all the students who campaigned against the group and Islamophobia more generally, and thank you to all those who have supported the campaign.
NOTE: We have yet to have any response at all from Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick (@FitzMP) , who has so far ignored students’ calls for him to resign from the advisory board of Student Rights following the NUS vote.