Thursday 06-04-2017 - 15:13
This year’s NUS-USI conference took place at the Armagh City Hotel on 4 and 5 April.
Fergal McFerran, NUS-USI President opened the event with a speech discussing the collectivism of the student movement, how he had been inspired by the leadership shown by students and his concerns for student mental health following the NUS-USI wellbeing survey. The findings were later discussed in a workshop, exploring in more detail, what the research means at a local level and on campus.
Delegates also welcomed women’s sector lobbyist, trade unionist, feminist activist and community trainer, Kellie Turtle from the Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) to speak on the importance of environmental protection, the issue of corporate brands using activism to sell products or make profits and the conditions for a strong, successful social movement.
The annual accounts, reports, constitutional amendments and motions were also presented, followed by hustings, before the first day of the event drew to a close.
Motions continued to be submitted on the second day of conference before delegates were invited to attend a ‘Vision for Education’ workshop – an opportunity to explore the current challenges facing higher and further education in Northern Ireland and how we meet those challenges head-on in partnership with others and a closing workshop to explore the practical application of policy passed at NUS-USI conference in campaigning on the issues that are important to the student movement in the context of Brexit.
NUS-USI would like to extend a warm welcome to our new elected President and Officers and huge thanks to those who leave us having made such a valuable and positive impact on students’ lives in Northern Ireland. Our new President and Officers will take up their positions in July 2017 and are as follows:
Olivia Potter-Hughes elected NUS-USI President – read more here
Collette McAllister elected Campaigns & Citizenship Officer
Conor Loughran elected LGBT Officer
Jessica Elder elected Welfare Officer
Colum Mackey elected to Steering
Stephen McCrystall elected NUSNEC Second Position
The best new delegate award went to Ethan Kelly and best speech was awarded to Robert Murtagh.
For full details of the constitutional amendments and motions passed at the NUS-USI conference, click here