On 20th April, AntiSemitismWatch predicted the break-up of the National Union of Students following the controversial election of Malia Bouattia as its president. We suggested it was the only viable option left for those disillusioned by the continued direction of the organisation.
Loughborough University is the latest to announce it has ditched the NUS in protest at its divisive policies and president.
Students voted in favour of quitting at the end of May, with 54% demanding to leave. Ratification was confirmed by the trustees of the students’ union, who announced last night they would act on the referendum result and leave.
A tide of revulsion at the NUS was prompted by the election of president-elect Malia Bouattia, who famously refused to condemn ISIS and has been widely accused of anti-Semitism.
York, Nottingham and Durham universities are voting on the NUS now, and will return decisions on whether to disaffiliate later this week.
Newcastle, Hull and Lincoln have already voted to quit the NUS, starving it of vital revenue raised by a levy on the student population.
According to the Guido Fawkes blog, Loughborough’s departure will cost the NUS £3million in lost fees.