OUR HISTORY

1926

Students’ Unions began representing students at Memorial (then, Memorial College). 

1965

Premier Smallwood announces free tuition for students who are residents of the province.

1972

Student’s successfully occupy the Administration Building for 10 days after administration withholds MUNSU fees. Fees are returned.

1980

Students shut down Prince Phillip Drive after a student is fatally struck by a vehicle, leading to the construction of Memorial’s first pedways.

1984

MUNSU joins the Canadian Federation of Students as Local 35.

1999

Premier Brian Tobin freezes tuition fees, stating “Students made it impossible for me not to freeze tuition fees.”

2001

With sustained student pressure, tuition fees are reduced by 25% over three years as government funding starts to rise.

2004

Students win tuition fee freeze when the new PC government was talking about increasing fees after campaigning on freezing them.

2007

Provincial grants program is partially reinstated following province-wide actions. Provincial public health coverage (MCP) extended to international students.

2008

Student action stops the University’s plan to increase international students’ tuition fees by 10%. The first national system of needs-based grants is established.

2009

Students presents petition with over 13,000 signatures and interest charges are eliminated on provincial student loans. Government funding continues to rise as fees are frozen.

2014

MUNSU is successful in getting MUN to sign a Mental Health Rights Declaration which would lead the way to a full-week reading break.

2014

Provincial student loans are eliminated and grants are fully restored.

2015

The provincial government cuts millions of dollars from Memorial. MUN passes these cuts on to students as fees increase for student housing, the Faculty of Medicine, graduate and international undergrad students.

2016

A brutal provincial budget reduces the needs-based grants program and cuts millions from Memorial. Students join with labour and community organizations in forming Common Front NL to fight back against austerity measures.

2017

Government continues to cut MUN’s operating budget. Despite students’ pleas, MUN downloads these budget cuts to students, introducing new student fees, and increased tuition fees for future out-of-province and international students by a whopping 30%.

2018

MUNSU celebrates 50 years uniting students, and mobilized to fight back against austerity budgets and rising tuition fees.