‘There is more that brings us together than divides us’

For newly re-elected NUS president Shakira Martin and vice-president for FE, Emily Chapman, the job isn’t just about politics – it’s personal. The duo tell George Ryan about their shared ‘journey’

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Nowhere does the transformative potential of further education resonate more powerfully than with two of the sector’s most passionate young voices.

Shakira Martin, national president of the NUS students’ union (pictured below, right), and Emily Chapman, its vice-president for FE (pictured below, left), have both skilfully manoeuvred the highly factional, and often messy, world of student politics.

Martin – only the NUS’s second president to be educated through college rather than university – was re-elected as president in March for a second term, gaining more than twice the number of votes ...

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