Friday 11-03-2016 - 18:00
Day two of conference was a busy one following a night celebrating NUS Wales Awards.
Hustings and elections were then held for four places on NUS Wales National Executive Committee block of 7 (WNEC). Siôn Davies, Elizabeth Strange, Mark Stanley and Daniel Rowbotham were successfully elected.
Robbiie Young (LGBT+ officer for NUS UK) chaired the motions debate – the debated motions can be found here. The results of the motions debate will be published next week.
Then the main plenary session, Union Ignite, took place which involved delegates from FE and HE institutions across Wales participating in a series of talks, where they spoke about a variety of topics, including Muslim equality, local government, LGBT+, students driving change and the campaign to save the Welsh medium hall of residence in Aberystwyth.
Steve Brooks, Director of Electoral Reform Society Wales, chaired a political party debate. Delegates had the opportunity to scrutinise that work of the elected parties in Wales. In attendance were Huw Lewis AC, Minister for Education and Skills (Labour), Angela Burns AM (Conservatives), Simon Thomas AM (Plaid Cymru) and Aled Roberts AM (Liberal Democrats).
The questions asked were as follows:
1. Is widening access to BME students important and what is your party doing?
2. What are you going to do for apprentices and ensure parity of esteem? As not all students are part of Higher Education.
3. What is your party’s stance on housing as a devolved issue in Wales?
4. How will you commit to issues such as sex education, consent, LGBT and liberation?
The political representatives then outlined their education policies – an issue important to all delegates and NUS Wales itself. If you want to see more of what went on, search #AskTheAMs on Twitter.
Workshops were later led on Liberation and Sustainability. The workshops included:
- Welsh Language Campaign – led by Dafydd Trystan of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
- Black Students Campaign – led by Akousa Darko, Black Students Officer for NUS Wales.
- Women’s Campaign – led by Rosie Inman, NUS Wales’ Women’s Officer.
- LGBT+ Campaign – led by Carly Stewart and Robbiie Young, respective LGBT+ officers for NUS Wales and NUS UK.
- Sustainability – led by Odette Wills, Sustainability Project Officer for NUS Wales.
Megan Dunn, President of NUS UK, then updated conference on the continued work and various campaigns of NUS UK and conference came to an end.
If you want to see more of what went over the two days, search for #NUSW16 or #UCMC16 on Twitter!
Also, click here for an audio snapshot of what happened over the two days, from delegates across Further Education and Higher Education institutions across Wales.