Nottingham students vote to remain in the NUS


The student union at Nottingham University has voted to stay in the National Union of Students.

The SU voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining affiliated with the national body, despite concerns over NUS president Malia Bouattia.

Nottingham has one of the highest Jewish student populations in the country

Ms Bouattia, who was elected in April, has previously been found guilty of misconduct by the NUS over alleged antisemitism.

In separate incidents, she has also called her former place of study Birmingham University - which has one of the largest Jewish societies in the country - a “Zionist outpost,” and has also referred to the “Zionist-led media”.

Nottingham students followed their counterpart at York, Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Exeter and Worcester in choosing to stay affiliated to the NUS, with 1,227 voting to remain and 803 wanting to leave.

The resulting 60 to 39 per cent margin was one of the largest victories in the 11 disaffiliation referenda held at British universities since Ms Bouattia’s election.

Angharad Smith, president of the Nottingham SU, admitted that “on a personal level,” he was “pleased” about the result.

However, he promised that his body would “continue working with the NUS to ensure students engage with the national issues affecting them.

“It is crucial the NUS leadership engage with this reform agenda, to ensure the unity of the student movement going forward.”

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