The Student Movement

What is the Student Movement?

"The Student Movement is work by students to cause political, environmental, economic, or social change"

Fletcher, A. (2005) Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People

The student movement in YUSU has been a power to change the lives of people studying at York since its foundations in the 1960s. From humble beginnings in an old squash court, to being one of the largest charities in the North of England, YUSU has fought for the rights and voice of students.

Student leaders at York make a vital contribution to all aspects of student life, working hard to improve your university experience. Key successes include securing 24 hour library opening, the roll out of lecture capture and investment into mental health support for York students.

The student movement encapsulates the social, political and academic change that students have made across the world. Student politics and the student movement is not just a UK phenomena and has a long and proud history.

The National Union of Students, which YUSU is a part of, has shaped the lives of students for nearly 100 years. Through being an Officer, a Delegate or a Rep you will be able to work with the NUS to make a difference both nationally and locally. The student union represents the change you want to make. From fixing campus to freezing tuition fees to changing the world.

By nominating yourself or voting you can be a part of a political movement that tackles the issues important to young people across the world. Below are some examples of how student bodies across the world have affected change.

National Union of Students'
Changing Students Lives

National Union of Students founded. Ivison Macadam, the first President, sets out an international vision following his experiences in World War I.
NUS Travel founded, to allow students to travel internationally cheaply to facilitate cross national partnerships.
NUS is instrumental in the founding of International Union of Students set up after World War II to facilitate international cooperation between students.
NUS founds Endsleigh, a student focused insurance company.
Jack Straw, former Home secretary, challenges NUS Conference to 'get off its backside and do something'. The NUS constitution is changed to campaign on political issues, not just those affecting students.
NUS is the first institution to pass policy in favour of gay rights. Sue Slipman becomes first woman President and Trevor Phillips is elected as its first black President.
NUS defeats government plans to introduce tuition fees.
NUS LGB fight alongside national campaigners to equalise the age of consent for gay and biexual men.
NUS lobby HSBC to scrap plans to charge interest on student accounts
NUS mobilises 50,000 students, lecturers and members of the public who took part in the 2010 protest against higher fees.

With thanks to the NUS

The Student Movement
A Hundred Years Of Protest

The Students National University of Cordoba, Argentina, demand modernisation and democracy in their university.
The US depression and associated political upheaval led to student protests opposing economic inequality.
Sophie and Hans Scholl, Munich students protest the Nazi Regime.
Students march to Radio Budapest to broadcast demands including independence from the Soviet Union.
Student occupations of Universities in France protesting capitalism, sparks the May 68 revolution, grinding France to a halt.
Revolt in the Bantu education institutions in South Africa by students protesting against segregated Education.
Students in China spark protests demanding democracy in China culminating in 1,000,000 people gathering in Tiananmen Square
Santa Monica students persuaded the education officials that AIDS posed such serious health hazards that all high schools should provide condoms on request.
Students in Austria protest changes to their course with the introduction of fees and the reorganisation from academic to vocational qualifications.