The Mancunion

Britain's biggest student newspaper


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Students launch ‘boycott First’ campaign

First bus drivers at the Rusholme Depot are paid up to £5000 a year less than colleagues working at the First’s Queen’s Road base just five miles away

Photo: Emma Atkins

“It’s not over yet” — Manchester’s absence from NSS rankings marks huge success for boycott campaign

A week after the NSS rankings were released, The Mancunion talks to Education Officer Emma Atkins who is adamant the work cannot stop here

Photo: Alicia Love

Controversial TEF rankings shake up Higher Education hierarchies

The release of the controversial Teaching Excellence Framework’s results shocked many, with only eight Russell Group universities receiving gold, although many have questioned the rankings’ validity

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NUS react to Ipsos MORI’s early release of the NSS

The NUS claim the early release of the National Student Survey shows “IPSOS MORI is bricking it”, over the NUS’s boycott of the survey

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Government criminalises boycotts of Israel

The controversial policy to outlaw boycotts of Israeli goods and services was implemented on 15th February – without parliamentary vote or debate.

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Opinion: To Boycott or to not Boycott?

Books Editor Leonie Dunn looks over the Christmas Amazon boycott and focuses on why it is both a positive and negative action to take

In 2006, boycotts threatened student's degrees, but now the UCEA shows us how little they care. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Academic Cold War

The only product of UCU strikes is mutually assured destruction. In this sum game, it’s the students who are hurting, argues David Brierley

Essays could be left unmarked if universities fail to reach an agreement with academics. Photo: Stephen Train @Flickr

University and Colleges Union threatens further boycott

Academics may refuse to set or grade exams and coursework in response to a drastic pension shakeup proposal.


The Pussy Riot incarceration, repeated abuses of civil liberties and now damaging anti-gay laws

Charlotte Green explains why the University of Manchester should be at the forefront of student pressure on Russia

Front page of The Sun, September 2012.
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LSE student union were wrong to boycott The Sun

Has LSE SU shot itself in the foot by banning the popular paper?


The Union’s ethical problem

The Mancunion looks at whether the Student Union’s ‘Sustainable & Ethical Business Code’ is being followed

University of Manchester Students' Union

Debate – Should the Students’ Union boycott brands?

Alex Goldhill and Antonia Jennings debate whether the Students’ Union should enforce boycotts