ICYMI: NUS Scotland Zone Conference 2016!

Tuesday 29-11-2016 - 16:54

NUS Scotland Zone Conference took place on 24-25 November 2016 in Glasgow.

Students from across Scotland gathered together for NUS Scotland Zone Conference to find out about progress on our Plan of Work, learn more about the Strengthening NUS Democracy project, attend workshops to find out more about some of the issues we're campaigning on and had the opportunity to discuss NUS Scotland's future priorities.

In a by-election, delegates also elected Zeyad Rashad, a student from Glasgow Kelvin College, as an Executive Representative on the Scottish Executive Committee.

You can see the highlights below from the Twitter hashtag #scotzone16 and view photos from the event in our Facebook photo album.


What happened at #scotzone16?

With #scotzone16 less than 24 hours away delegates started to make their way towards Glasgow for the two day conference. One delegate even came all the way from Orkney!

Then on the morning of the event others took to Twitter to let their followers know that they were on their way.

The morning kicked off with Vonnie welcoming delegates to the conference and was joined by Vice Presidents Rob and Conor to talk about NUS Scotland's achievements so far, taking questions from delegates about the work of NUS Scotland.

An amendment had been put forward to change NUS Scotland's proposed plans for the year to add "Gender imbalances: to work to address gender imbalance on all courses, in all institutions, wherever it occurs." This amendment proved to be contentious and there were a number of rounds of speeches. The vote was too close to call and so a count had to be conducted.

The democracy wasn't over and delegates went on to hear from candidates running in the by-election for Executive Representative.

Dave Moxham from the STUC joined the conference to give a plenary speech, followed by a series of questions.

Before lunchtime there was just enough time for everyone to get involved in a festive photo for our #SupportUs Christmas card which will be going out to MSPs asking for their backing for our campaign. The final photo is all wrapped up ready for Christmas but lots of students decided to take their own festive photos and share them on Twitter!

After a busy morning it was time for lunch, where students had the opportunity to look at the #ReclaimBlackStories exhibition that was being showcased by NUS Scotland Black Students' Campaign.

During the afternoon students were able to attend workshops about the development of students' associations, anti-racism campaign on every campus and a strategy for universal living grants. There was also the opprtunity for disabled students, and then for women students to find out more about the work of NUS Scotland Disabled Students' campaign and NUS Scotland Women's campaign.

Day 1 closed with a chance for students to discuss differnet proposals to strengthen NUS democracy and a meal and entertainment at Strathclyde Students' Union.

The second day began with more workshops for delegates to get stuck into! These included a workshop on tackling dodgy landlords, more information about the #SupportUs campaign, engaging apprentices and a workshop on support for care leavers. Black students also had a space to get together and discuss the work of NUS Scotland Black Students' campaign and LGBT+ students found out more about the work of NUS Scotland LGBT+ campaign.

At lunchtime NUS Scotland Women's campaign held a stall for all delegates to find out more about the #InspireHerFuture campaign.

Vonnie was joined by Josef Stocker from the Swiss Students' Union and Heidi Vistisen, President at Queen Margaret University to discuss the impact of Brexit on further and higher education in Scotland.

The final session of the event gave delegates the chance to discuss what they had learnt over the past few days and to bring forward ideas that they thought NUS Scotland should be working to achieve in the future.

The two days came to a close but with promises that we'd all see each other again soon!




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