Five Ideas... why you should attend Students’ Unions 2016

Tuesday 24-05-2016 - 13:28

This year Students’ Unions 2016 will be held at the ACC Liverpool, on Tuesday 5 to Wednesday 6 July. We’re excited to welcome you to the city’s iconic waterfront site and to our flagship event themed around Championing Equality and Building Inclusive Students' Unions. Here’s our top five reasons why you should attend…


1. Network with students, staff and officers from across the UK 

The event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with students, staff and officers in the movement, to share best practise and foster collaborative working. There’ll be plenty of opportunities 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. Take advantage of the brilliant workshops on offer

We’ve lined up a whole host of workshops to kick start your strategies, challenge conventional thinking, generate new ideas, explore how to build inclusive students' unions and champion equality. From #Antisocialmedia - How the Student Movement can lead the way in reclaiming the Internet to Practical Strategies for implementing Race Matters and Understanding Inclusive Leadership in Practice and much, much more. You can view our full programme of workshops here.


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

Students' Unions 2016 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. The awards categories are: Students’ Union Award, Campaigns Award, Enterprise Award, Student Opportunities Award, Diversity Award, Education Award, Officer Team of the Year Award, and Staff Award. Take the opportunity to celebrate your students’ unions, staff, and campaigns success at the NUS Awards – why not submit a nomination today

We also celebrate the breadth of work student’s unions do in responsible retailing of alcohol through the Best Bar None Awards, and recognise and reward the achievements of those taking part in Green Impact.


4. Listen to inspirational and educational speakers

We’ve been working hard to secure some fantastic key note speakers. On our list so far: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, a former British wheelchair racer, Parliamentarian and television presenter; Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, named as one of the top 100 most influential LGBT people in the Independent Rainbow List and Woman of the Year 2007 at the Black LGBT Community Awards; and NUS’ own Chief Executive Officer Simon Blake, NUS’ National President elect Malia Bouattia and Vice President Union Development Richard Brooks. We hope you’ll leave with a renewed sense of purpose for new leadership teams at the beginning of the new academic year!


5. Visit Liverpool, hometown of The Beatles!

The Liverpool Dockside, where the ACC Liverpool is situated is a spectacular World Heritage waterfront site. It is the largest collection of Grade I Listed Buildings in the country and is home to the Tate Liverpool gallery and award-winning museums and attractions including The Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.


Location: ACC, Liverpool
Date and time: Tuesday 05-07-2016 - 10:00 until Wednesday 06-07-2016 - 22:00

The Digital Summit and NUS Commercial Summit will be held in the same location on Thursday 7 July.


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