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Why should you come to National Conference?

Friday 18-03-2016 - 10:38

National Conference is taking place on the 19 – 21 April in Brighton. See you there!

Let me start by telling you what it’s about and why I think it’s important. National Conference is the big democratic opportunity for all affiliated unions (HE and FE) to come together to scrutinise NUS’ work, discuss what’s important for the next year, and vote in the new National Executive Council. Over the three day conference, you will get to network with 1000 other students from across the student movement – it’s a huge event and incredibly exciting!

There will be information and workshops on a variety of current issues, initiatives and campaigns; stuff that you can take back to your colleges and sixth forms, or you can just come along and listen and be inspired. National conference is also our opportunity to listen to your experiences too. The way in which we debate different policies provides space for our membership to stand up and say what’s important to you and your students.

If this is your first time coming to National Conference, there is plenty of training and support to help you to understand how it works. Before you arrive, you will receive several emails and information (and we can give you a call too) that introduce you to the structure of conference and to explain some of the language and processes involved. We want to enable you to get the most out of this event. And there’s plenty more support available throughout conference too. As well as First Time Delegate training, there is a 'caFE', which is an area designated for FE delegates to be able to take some time out, meet up with other FE delegates and catch up with a member of NUS staff if you have any questions about what’s going on in conference at any time.

I want NUS to do so much more for its FE members and this is where you get to ask us questions and steer our work that ultimately improves the lives and educational experience of your students. It is a big commitment to take time out of your studies and to be away from your families but I hope you can also see the value of your involvement to truly shape our priorities. I really value your involvement and I know the movement will be better for your engagement too.

National Conference is taking place from 19 – 21 April in Brighton. It’s free to attend and there’s free bed (and perhaps more importantly) breakfast if you register by noon on Wednesday 23 March. We calculate a 'delegate entitlement' for every union to ensure fair representation between our members. If you are unsure you can find out about your delegate entitlement here.

Recognising that it can be really daunting coming along to a big event for the first time, I recommend that you talk to your neighbouring college or sixth form to see if they’re coming along and perhaps even work our shared travel plans. National Conference should be a great opportunity to meet new people and there’s no reason why that networking can’t start straight away!

For all information about conference, including registration, go to our Conference Hub. And please do give us a call if you have any questions. I can’t wait to hear from you and I look forward to seeing you in Brighton!

Shakira

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