Students at the University of St. Andrews have voted over three to one in favour of keeping their Students’ Association unaffiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS).
With a impressively high voter turnout of 26% Freddie Fforde – St. Andrews Union President – congratulated both teams for their “spirited and informed campaigns”. The result, however, meant 1763 of 2385 students had voted ‘no’, leaving only 590 supporting the decision with another 32 spoiling their ballot paper. St Andrews Students’ Association therefore remains independent.
This news comes at a time when the University of Southampton itself is amidst campaigning for and against affiliation to the NUS with an upcoming referendum on the decision in less than three weeks; on December 6th.
Indeed, despite its geographically distance, the results of St. Andrews’ referendum is seen somewhat as a bellwether by Southampton students and the campaign teams.
With St. Andrews remaining amongst the last few unaffiliated universities, the result is an indicator that the organisation has failed to justify that there has been a recent substantial changes in the NUS and Higher Education as a whole to make the body worth affiliating with.
Nonetheless, it remains only a snippet of importance in regards to SUSU’s referendum with its own independence at stake as well as a variety of different issues.
In the run-up to Southampton’s NUS referendum, the Wessex Scene will be reporting on many other Universities’ NUS journeys; both past and present, so remember to check back for more news.
SUSU’s referendum will take place on 6th December.