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Why you need to be at Students’ Unions 2017

Wednesday 10-05-2017 - 00:00

Students’ Unions 2017 will be held at the NEC Birmingham, on Tuesday 4 to Wednesday 5 July. #NUSSU17 is an event in the SU calendar you do not want to miss out on! Here’s 5 reasons why…



We’re excited to welcome you to one of the largest cities in the UK, with more canals than Venice! Students’ Unions 2017 will be held in Birmingham, in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). This year our summer flagship event is themed around resilient students’ union working together.

Here’s our top five reasons why you cannot miss out on the biggest event of the year…

1. It’s a great chance to network with students, staff and officers from across the UK

This is your opportunity to meet with students, staff and officers in the movement; to share best practise and foster collaborative working – as we are stronger when we work together. There’ll be plenty of time for all delegates to network both formally as part of the programme and informally - at the NUS Awards Gala Dinner, workshops, evening entertainment and throughout the day.

2. You can take advantage of the brilliant workshops on offer

We’ve lined up a whole host of diverse workshops to kick start your strategies, challenge conventional thinking, generate new ideas, and explore how to stay resilient in the face of adversity. From learning about resilience in sport with BUCS, and understanding current and future plans for mental health provision in US students' unions, through to examining how students' union can use shared messaging to attract and retain outstanding staff and volunteers with Spencer du Bois.ou can view our full programme here -> day one and day two.

3. Celebrate the amazing work you do on a national level

Students' Unions 2017 is NUS' flagship event and culminates in the NUS Awards. Every year we reward and recognise the amazing work students’ unions do on a national level to make change happen. We’ll be recognising unions from further education and higher education institutions with the; Campaigns Award, Diversity Award, Education Award, Student Opportunities Award, Officer Team of the Year Award, The Simpson/King Staff Achievement Award and the Students’ Union Award (FE & HE).

We’ll also be celebrating the breadth of work student’s unions do in the responsible retailing of alcohol through the Best Bar None Awards; as well as recognising and rewarding the achievements of those taking part in Green Impact.

4. Listen to inspirational speakers

We’ve been working hard to secure some fantastic key note speakers and we’ll be revealing who they are very soon! Your key note speakers will also be joined by NUS’ own Chief Executive Officer Simon Blake, NUS’ National President elect Shakira Martin and Vice President Union Development Ali Milani. We hope you’ll leave with a renewed sense of purpose at the beginning of the new academic year!

5. Visit Birmingham, one of the largest cities in the UK

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK, packed full of exciting attractions, boasting architectural gems, a huge shopping centre and a real-life chocolate factory (if that’s not a reason not to come we don’t know what is?!). It is also home of Aston Villa and Birmingham City, Duran, Duran, UB40 and Black Sabbath!

Register here for Students' Union 2017

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