Wednesday 26-04-2017 - 20:26
Delegates arrived bright and early this morning for another jam-packed day at the biggest student conference in the world.
Today we discussed everything from student mental health to a student deal on Brexit, and of course, elected six of your new full-time officers. Take a look at our Day 2 conference round-up.
1. Your newly-elected full-time officers are…
Shakira Martin - NUS UK President
Amatey Doku – Vice President (Higher Education)
Emily Chapman – Vice President (Further Education)
Rob Young – Vice President (Society & Citizenship)
Ali Milani – Vice President (Union Development)
Izzy Lenga – Vice President (Welfare)
Congratulations to our new officers, and thanks to all candidates that took part.
2. We are taking Student Welfare SERIOUSLY
Student mental health took centre stage during Welfare Zone this morning with delegates voting to conduct research to explore the link between financial hardship, debt and mental health. NUS has remained critical of the governments Prevent duty and its racial profiling of students, and students today reaffirmed their commitment for it to be scrapped. NUS Vice President Shelly Asquith took the stage to present her accountability report and field questions. You will find the video on NUS Connect tomorrow!
3. Student pressure changes the face of the HE Bill
Over the past eighteen months NUS and students’ unions have fought for changes to the Government’s controversial Higher Education and Research Bill. Today we have been heard as the Government concedes to pressure on core elements of the Bill. You can read the full story here.
With 75 per cent of young people voting Remain in the EU referendum, the Society and Citizenship Zone focused on the impact of Brexit on students and young people. Delegates voted to campaign for free movement to remain a priority for our movement, and to build a coalition to oppose and campaign against any attempt to repeal the Human Rights Act.
NUS also reaffirmed our commitment to tackling climate change!
5. Students’ have some pretty strong views on pizza…