Founded in 1922, the National Union of Students (NUS) 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 in the United Kingdom, 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.
NUS promotes, defends and extends the rights of students and develops and champions strong students’ unions. We see NUS as a pioneering, innovative and powerful campaigning organisation: the definitive national voice of students. We will fight barriers to education, empower students to shape both a quality learning experience and the world around them, supporting influential, democratic and well-resourced students’ unions.
The main tasks of NUS are the following:
Championing students to shape the future of education – Education is the defining factor in creating a fairer society. And students are the hope for the future of education. NUS champions students to actively plug into their collective power to forge a better world.
Harnessing the collective power of students to drive change – All students have the power to transform the world. Through protest, campaigning and targeted action, NUS creates activists and strengthens students’ unions. Our voice is loud and we harness students’ power through collective and democratic representation.
Making sure students can thrive – NUS is commercially switched on. We lead a prosperous and sustainable student movement with financial viability. Through NUS extra and our commercial partnerships, students’ unions are thriving. They are well resourced and they influence big business.
Representing the realities of students’ lives – NUS fuses evidence based campaigns with student-led democracy. We represent students’ interests nationally and we develop groundbreaking research that influences national campaigns and policy. We take on all issues affecting students. We are the voice of students. We know students. We are students.