Last week students' union reps, sabbatical officers and staff from around the country descended on Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire for NUS Postgraduate Conference 2011.
Conference kicked off with opening remarks from outgoing postgraduate NEC reps Paul Tobin (PGT) and Dante Micheaux (PGR), followed by a plenary discussion reflecting on the challenges of postgraduate representation.
Policy workshops followed, where delegates discussed issues spanning postgraduate funding, welfare, quality, representation of PGCE students and public information for postgraduates.
In the evening delegates gathered to look at policy motions submitted before the conference and to add their own individual or shared policy motions, drawing on workshop discussions - followed by a well-deserved dinner and evening in the bar.
The next morning was devoted to democracy: the outgoing committee presented its report, husts were held for the new Postgraduate Committee, and delegates debated and voted on the policy motions that had been submitted.
The new Postgraduate Committee from 1 July 2011
Dante Micheaux , UCL (PGR rep to NEC)
George Charonis, Sussex (PGT rep to NEC)
Matthew Neaves, University of the West of Scotland (PGR open place)
Michael Young, London Met (PGT open place)
Dora Meredith, Birmingham (open place)
Rhianna Humphrey, Stirling (open place)
Laura Howell, Glasgow Caledonian (ex-oficio)
Resources from the conference