The National Union of Students (NUS) and the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) today launched joint guidance to help students' unions and Christian unions manage good local relationships. The guidance comes after tensions between these groups in 2006.
Students from across the UK will gather together this coming weekend at the Student Christian Movement's annual conference to explore the theme of Reading the Bible - against a backdrop where there is increasing public concern aout the way religious texts are often abused by extreme and fundamentalist movements.
A Government minister has given his backing to the recommendations of a report from the thinktank Ekklesia which proposes the resolution of conflicts between a number of Christian Unions and university Students' Unions, through mediation rather than court battles.
The Student Christian Movement, a long-established organisation on university and college campuses across the UK, has joined calls for a positive, mediatory approach to disagreements between evangelical Christian Unions and Students Unions.
More questions are being raised about the agendas of Evangelical lobby and campaign groups in universities after it emerged that Exeter University's Evangelical Christian Union initiated legal action against its own students' union and university - although it was aware that the sanctions they were protesting against were no longer in force.