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Alex Sheen & Reni Eddo-Lodge announced as keynote speakers for SU2017!

Tuesday 06-06-2017 - 15:18

This year’s keynote speakers will take centre stage during our premier summer conference at the Birmingham NEC in July.

We’re delighted to announce that Alex Sheen, founder of ‘because I said I would’, and Reni Eddo-Lodge, an award-winning journalist and writer of one of the most important books of 2017" will join us at our flagship event for fostering and sharing expertise across the student movement.


More about our speakers

Alex Sheen is the Founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father in September 2012, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since then, because I said I would hassent over 6.64 million promise cards to over 150 countries. Alex’s commitment to the betterment of humanity has inspired millions around the world. The story of his promises has been shared virally throughout social media and international news.


Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning freelance journalist and black feminist whose writing can be found atThe New York Times, British Vogue, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist, The Pool, Dazed and Confused, and theNew Humanist.

This month, Reni published her highly anticipated first book ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ to critical acclaim.

Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize described it as "a book that was begging to be written" which "demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book", while Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant has lauded it as "one of the most important books of 2017."


Staff and officers from across the movement are welcomed for two days of workshops on current and future issues affecting the sector, networking with those working in a similar field or locality, and culminates in the NUS Awards.

This year’s event takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, fromTuesday 4 to Wednesday 5 July.

To avoid missing out, make sure you register before the deadline at 12 noon on Wednesday 7 June.

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