Toni Pearce says she will strive to link college and university students’ campaigns

Tim Lezard

Toni Pearce
The NUS has elected its first president not to have been to university.

Toni Pearce, who is currently NUS Vice-President (Further Education), was elected by 424 of the 732 valid votes cast.

She becomes the first NUS President who has not been to university. More than 450 of NUS’ affiliated students’ unions are in further education (FE) institutions and the majority of the students NUS represents are in FE.

In her manifesto, Toni said her priorities for her presidency would include linking college and university students’ unions together to fight for local wins in the upcoming general election, to campaign for a single central admissions system for all colleges and universities, and to increase efforts to organise and support students to run and win campaigns in their local areas.

Speaking after her election, she said: “I’m really proud to have been given the opportunity to build the student movement around a vision for public education, and to be leading NUS as we build towards the next general election.

“Between now and 2015 we need to hold a full and frank debate about what education means to society and to properly articulate the public value of education in communities up and down the country.”


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Tim Lezard

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