According to the NUS press release, he made the following statement:
"In an uncertain time for further and higher education, students can be certain of one thing: that I will be relentless in pressing home our fight to defend and extend their rights. From challenging the disastrous market in fees and student finance, to ensuring an education system that is accessible for all, the scale of my victory provides a strong mandate from our membership for an NUS focused on changing students’ lives for the better.
"NUS is changing almost as rapidly as the student population. I will lead a national union that fights for the rights of all its members as NUS’ campaigner-in-chief. We know that part-time, mature, postgraduate and international students can all too easily fall under the radar, which is why I will put them at the forefront of my agenda for a representative and relevant NUS.
"I want to pay tribute to the bold and courageous leadership of my predecessor Gemma Tumelty. Thanks to her, I inherit a stronger National Union and a momentum for further renewal of NUS that will continue to gather pace in the weeks and months ahead."
In today’s edition of The Guardian, Wes Streeting was referenced in an article titled: "NUS drops its campaign to abolish tuition fees". The implication of the article is that Streeting intends to take the NUS in a new direction as far as the battle against tuition fees is concerned. This new "pragmatic" approach revolves around preventing the government from increasing the price-tag on higher education. The Guardian quoted Streeting saying: "This is the uprising of student realism, this is students recognising the debate they want to be part of has moved on. The majority of us want to have a real and serious voice in the fight for a fairer funding system. If you refuse to discuss anything other than abolishing fees you are selling students out by not having an influence."
The Founder’s News Editor, Joe Fitzpatrick was present at the meeting as a delegate for Royal Holloway and will be writing up a full account of the NUS Annual Conference shortly.
For the full Guardian article, click here.