Student Action and Social Impact

What is the impact of students’ unions on students, institutions and wider society?

The profound changes to the education landscape were built on a framing of students as the sole beneficiaries of the education they consume. However, in reality, students and their Universities, Colleges and Students’ Unions produce multiple, valuable benefits for society at large.

Whether they’re volunteering to teach the IT skills to the elderly, culturally enriching the community through dance or theatre performances or campaigning to resist the closure of local NHS provision, students have a hugely valuable impact on the world around them that we have traditionally struggled to articulate…until now.

NUS has worked with the think do tank New Economics Foundation to develop a practical guide to help Students’ Unions understand and articulate their impact to their students, institution and wider society.

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