The NUS lost a member institution last night, as Aston University Students' Guild announced the results of its referendum on disaffiliation. 550 (53%) voted to disaffiliate, with a turnout of just over 1,032 (about 15%).
The Aston Guild executive were in favour of disaffiliation, leading some to complain of bias. The Aston Guild discussion board also contains complaints about the rudeness of pro-NUS campaigners and the unfairness of allowing the NUS to bring paid staff onto the campus.
Aston is consistently rated in the top 20 universities for teaching, but is outside the top research-focused focussed institutions. It is a small university, with around 7,000 students.
Students at the University of Strathclyde have also called for a referendum on disaffiliation this academic year.