Category Archives: Student

Student politics – not election related


The Sun and HUU 3

I recently found out that Hull University Union‘s Union Council recently made the decision to ban The Sun from being sold on student union premises. Similar action has been taken in a number of other student unions across the country. This reflects support for the national No More Page 3 campaign and groundwork that was […]


NUS plans another protest

Leonardo Da Vinci once said “Nothing¬†strengthens¬†authority so much as silence”. In a previous job, I often said that ‘it’s harder for me to fix something if no-one tells me it’s broken’. Both of those quotes can mean that in order to get change, you have to create a presence and the National Union of Students […]


HSAFC Occupation – The EGM and the end (sort of) 1

December 17th, 2010 is the end of semester one at the University of Hull. HSAFC had a decision to make – carry on the occupation or suspend it and reoccupy at the start of the next semester. Carrying on would mean interrupting events happening over the weekend and they would risk being removed by university […]


HSAFC Occupation update

The student occupation in Staff House has definitely been noticed and there has been a certain amount of success. A large number of students have noticed it and provided their support. Certain university staff have made some form of contribution too – from good luck messages, to spreading the word, to copying leaflets. The general […]


The HSAFC occupation at The University of Hull 1

Starting on 13/12/2010, a group of students calling themselves ‘Hull Students Against Fees & Cuts‘ (HSAFC for short) occupied part of Staff House as part of ongoing protests relating to the increase in the maximum rate of tuition fees (amongst other things). I went there to find out more about the occupation, the group’s goals […]


HE fee increases and funding cuts – the Hull perspective 2

Yesterday, Hull University Union organised an event outside it’s building on the Hull campus of the University of Hull. This was one of many similar events happening at other universities nationwide. The NUS and it’s member unions felt these needed to happen as it’s close to the vote about HE funding (that’s happening today) and […]


All the excitement of a governance review 3

I won’t bore you with the reasons why I haven’t blogged much recently. I could have posted my opinions on the credit crunch or the latest news about the US election, but I’m not going to today – that will come later. This post is more of a continuation of my last post as it’s […]


The HUU Governance Review 4

This year, after a referendum at HUU, a review of the current governance structures has been initiated. It’s the second one in three years and it attempts to correct any flaws in the existing setup that was created to make the union more compliant with charity laws. At the time of typing, the green paper […]


The factionalised nature of the student movement 1

Student unions have been around for a long time and provide students with a number of different services. The University of St. Andrews Student Association, started in 1864, is the oldest in Britain. Since that time the student movement has seen a number of changes, one of the most notable being in 1994, when the […]


The Men’s Officer Referendum 2

First of all I think I need to explain why a referendum is happening. In the recently revised Constitution for Hull University Union, it states that Referenda decide union policy and the Open Policy Forums (that any student can attend) decide what goes to a referendum. A number of these happen throughout the academic year. […]