NUS - Nationally Useless for Students?
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Should the University of Southampton join the NUS? This controversial Referendum took place in December and revealed, despite predictions, an overwhelming majority of Southampton students to be against joining the NUS. The 67% voting no faced an unimpressive 33% who supported this referendum. As we consider the pros and cons, the question remains, is the NUS really of no benefit to the University? Money, being one of students’ main concerns, creates an initial idealistic view of the NUS, purely as a giver of discounts, saving students cash when online shopping or entering certain nightclubs. Whilst some students are discouraged by the up to £50,000 spent every year by student unions to affiliate, others, I’m sure, would recognise this money is not coming directly from them, and that they can still, therefore, benefit from the discounts. What many students in Southampton fail to realise is, however, that the Union would be forced to make cut backs. Charlotte Hopewell, a first year English student said, “Although you’d save money on discounts, joining sports groups and societies would cost a lot more. With less funding for these societies, and higher enrolling fees, less people would be eager to join.”
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