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5 things we learned at NUS Wales Liberation Conferences 2016

Friday 29-04-2016 - 13:02

Throughout this week, students from across Wales have been coming together in Cardiff for the annual conferences of NUS Wales’ five liberation campaigns. Here are a few things we’ve learned throughout the week…

NUS Wales Black Students’ Conference

There were 17 deaths in custody in the UK last year.

The United Families and Friends Campaign was set up in 1997. Initially, it was a network of Black families but now includes families of people of a number of ethnicities who have died in custody. Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, whose brother Leon Patterson died in police custody in 1992, attended a roundtable session with NUS Wales Black Students Campaign members on Monday.

 

NUS Wales Students with Disabilities Conference

The number of students experiencing mental health issues has increased.

6.7% of students identified as having experienced mental health issues in 2010. By last year, 80% of students answered an NUS survey saying they had experienced such issues. NUS Wales Disabled Students’ Conference resolved to advise the next Disabled Students’ Committee to bring forward a new policy on how these students can be supported.

 

NUS Wales LGBT+ Conference

Wales still has no Gender Identity Clinic.

In fact, Wales is the only part of the UK that still doesn’t have a GIC. That means that trans people in Wales have to travel to London. In its manifesto for the National Assembly election, NUS Wales has called on the next Welsh Government to look into setting one up. That’s something the LGBT+ charity Stonewall Cymru have called for too.

 

NUS Wales Welsh Language Conference

The Basque Country went from 5% to 85% of teachers being able to teach bilingually in a matter of years.

Claire Roberts, Director of Bilingualism at CollegesWales, the body that represents the Further Education sector in Wales, came to NUS Wales Welsh Language Conference. She talked about how Welsh language provision is being developed across Wales in the FE sector and shared her ambition for the Campaign to play a role in growing it.

 

NUS Wales Women’s Conference

The National Assembly for Wales was one of the first parliaments in the world to be gender balanced.

But research by the Electoral Reform Society suggests that at the election next Thursday, women’s representation in the Assembly is likely to stagnate. Professor Laura McAllister said that “without a renewed commitment [to women’s representation] from political parties, Wales will become another mid-table nation in the global gender equality league”. Thursday 5 May is our change to have our say. Find out where your nearest polling station is at wheredoivote.wales.

 

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