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How to Submit a Motion

Monday 20-02-2017 - 13:03

Each year, delegates from students’ unions gather at NUS’ democratic conferences to debate motions and vote on which should become policy in the national union. Policy explains what we believe, and what we’re going to do about it. NUS leaders set their plan for the year based on policy.


What’s a motion?


At our annual National Conference and Liberation, Sections and Nations conferences between March and May, delegates are sent by students’ unions to represent them by debating motions on education and other issues that students care about.


Why should we submit one?


Its important students’ unions participate in submitting motions for discussion as this determines what NUS should focus on for the year ahead.


How do we submit a motion?


At National Conference there are several motions that are proposed by the President and the five Vice Presidents. You can read these proposals here. Students’ unions are able to submit an amendment to these proposals or submit their own motions.

At Liberation, Sections and Nations conferences students’ unions are able to submit motions and after the first draft of motions are published you are able to submit amendments to the text proposed.

A motion for debate simply outlines what the situation or issues is and proposes plan of action or solution that NUS should work on. If you want some tips on writing a motion then download our guide to writing a motion.


Does anyone else need to check it out before we submit it?


To submit a motion, the proposed text must go through your students’ union’s own decision making structure. This will vary across students’ unions but could include:

  • A referendum
  • A policy making/decision making forum
  • A student general meeting
  • A students’ union/association council
  • An executive council

Once you’ve passed your motion through the decision making structures you can submit your motions to NUS’ conference through the online forms here.


When should we submit a motion?


Every NUS Conference has a strict deadline to submit motions and amendments. This is Tuesday 28 February at 5pm.

Make sure you have noted all the deadlines and ensure you have time to pass your motion through the students’ union first before submitting it to NUS within the deadline!


National Conference 2017 takes place at the Brighton Centre from Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 April. Registration is now open and you can book your place here!

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