National Conference takes place at the Liverpool ACC from Tuesday 21 April to Thursday 23 April 2015. National Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of NUS and brings together nearly a thousand delegates from students' unions across the country to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership of the organisation for the year ahead.
Being a Surrey NUS Delegate
The University of Surrey Students’ Union affiliates to the National Union of Students, and every year we can send 4 delegates, plus the Union President, to the NUS Conference*, to represent the interests and views of Surrey students at a national level. The conference discusses 5 topics related to the student experiences: Further Education policy, Higher Education policy, Society and Citizenship policy, Welfare policy, and Union Development policy. It is the chance for student unions around the country to shape national policy and hold to account the NUS national officers. Elections for these roles also happen at the conference and the above delegates will be a voting members.
Students who win the role of NUS delegate will be attending the conference this April. Students can run for another Students’ Union role in the election, and also run for NUS delegate. Attending the NUS conference as a representative of all Surrey students is an excellent way to experience student democracy, giving you experience to take on a Students’ Union officer role.
NUS ‘Fair Representation on NUS Conference' Policy:
‘Fair Representation on NUS Conference delegations’ is a policy that was passed at National Conference 2014, changing NUS’ rules on the make-up of delegations to National Conference. The motion means that all delegations will have to have at least 50% self-defining women on them (rounded down).
The Students’ Union sends 5 delegates to conference of which the President is an automatic delegate. Since the current President is male this means that the count will be run first with self-defining women candidates only, to fill the required quota of 5 women being elected. The count will then be run again excluding the winning women candidates, and including all other candidates, to make up the remaining 2 places on the delegation.
*The National Conference takes place on Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 April 2015, in Liverpool. The Students’ Union will cover the cost of your attendance.
Understanding your role as an NUS Delegate
As a delegate you have 3 main roles as National Conference which includes; voting on policy, voting in elections, voting on reports.
Policy – setting the direction of NUS
You will discuss and vote on motions which will become policy of NUS when passed. The policy will inform the organisation about what you, its student members, think about key issues. This policy will be interpreted and enacted by the National Executive Council members.
Elections – choosing the leadership of NUS
You will be able to choose the leadership of NUS for 2014/15. The positions you will be voting on includes the National President, the 5 Vice Presidents and the 15 Block members of the National Executive Council. You will also elect 3 new Student Trustees and 4 members of the Democratic Procedures Committee.
Reports – reviewing the work of NUS
You will be reviewing the work of the various committees and groups with NUS as well as the accounts and estimates presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). During these report sessions you will receive an overview of the work and have the opportunity to hold to account the officers responsible by asking them questions and voting on whether to approve it.