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Between 17th and 23rd June 2008 Imperial College students will be given the opportunity to vote on continued membership of the NUS. A vote in 2006 showed that students were just in favour of membership, and ICU Council have decided to put the question to a vote again.

On this Live! mini-site you will find opinions from the key players in the debate, along with what is bound to be 'interesting' discussion.

You can go back to the Live! home page if you don't like this one!

Live!'s NUS conference t-shirts proved prophetic...
Imperial Votes to Disaffiliate
Ashley Brown
Jun 25 2008 13:00
Imperial is to leave the National Union of Students, with 70.3% of 2,075 voters voting 'No' to continued affiliation.

Yes

10 Reasons to Vote Yes
Ten Reasons to Stay
Caroline Clark
Jun 17 2008 18:42
Caroline Clark gives ten reasons why you should vote 'Yes' between 17th and 23rd June.

No

Southampton Universitys Student Union held a referendum on the issue.
Southampton Keep Controversial NUS Out
Lawrence Weetman
Dec 06 2010 12:49
Students at Southampton University have voted to remain disaffiliated from the NUS, whilst NUS President Aaron Porter is threatened with a vote of no confidence.

The Argument For

5 Common Anti-NUS Myths
5 Common Anti-NUS Myths
Soumaya Mauthoor
Jun 17 2008 17:59
Live! asked each campaign team to debunk a number of 'myths' put forwards by the other side of the debate - the 'Yes' campaign's response is here.
Kilian Frensch
Think of NUS as an insurance policy
Kilian Frensch
Jun 13 2008 16:12
Kilian Frensch says we should treat the NUS as an insurance policy, because any money we save won't be spent properly anyway.
Camilla Royle
The NUS - Stay in and change it for the better
Camilla Royle
Jun 13 2008 15:38
Camilla Royle explains why she opposed proposed reforms to NUS, and why we should stay in to make it better.
Wes Streeting
From the NUS President-elect
Wes Streeting
Jun 10 2008 21:50
NUS President-elect Wes Streeting acknowledges that representing 7 million diverse students can be hard, but says we should not be come divided.

The Argument Against

10 Reasons to Vote No
Ten Reasons to Leave
Stephen Brown
Jun 17 2008 16:27
Stephen Brown gives ten reasons why you should vote 'No' between 17th and 23rd June.
Pro-NUS Myths Exposed
Pro-NUS Myths Exposed
Stephen Brown
Jun 16 2008 23:25
Live! asked each campaign team to debunk a number of 'myths' put forwards by the other side of the debate - the 'No' campaign's response is here.
Matty Hoban
Right now, there's no 'us' in the NUS
Matty Hoban
Jun 13 2008 16:04
Matty Hoban says he looks for decisiveness and self-belief, not bickering, but does not find it in the NUS.
Chris Mullan
NUS is not worth the money
Chris Mullan
Jun 13 2008 15:52
Chris Mullan, President-elect of King's College London Students' Union, argues that NUS is not worth the money for Imperial students.
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