Zamzam Ibrahim has been elected as the new president of the National Union of Students.
Ibrahim, who currently holds the role as NUS Vice President of Society and Citizenship, will take up her role as NUS National President on July 1st.
She said: “I am immensely proud and humbled to have been elected as the next National President of NUS. Education is a transformative experience for millions in the UK and it is now time to make sure everyone is able to access that promise. There are many challenges ahead, but together we will meet them and revitalise our Union.”
Standing on a platform of transformation and reform, Zamzam pledged to “revitalise” the student movement at the NUS’s annual conference in Glasgow.
She says she wants to tackle racism on campus and “extortionate” tuition fees during her presidency.
She has also pledged to lead a National Student Strike which would call for free education, a better Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and a reintroduction of a post-study work visa for international students.
In her election manifesto for NUS president, Ms Ibrahim pledged to fight a series of liberation campaigns.
She wrote: “There has been a massive rise in racism, xenophobia, sexism on our campuses and an alarming increase in deportations. Our government is responsible for much of this hate. With the hostile environment and far-right rhetoric from MPs, we must campaign for a fairer world – on and off campuses.”
Ms Ibrahim will become the union’s third female Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic president in a row.