Tuesday 20-03-2018 - 18:05
It doesn’t seem so long ago that we came together in Armagh for the annual NUS-USI conference but here we are again, ready to debate and discuss everything relevant to the students of Northern Ireland at the Everglades hotel in Derry-Londonderry.
Welcoming delegates to conference, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes praised the work of students’ unions across Northern Ireland that continue to strive and work tirelessly for better standards for students, despite a challenging political environment.
Guest speaker, Clare Moore – equality and social affairs officer at NIC-ICTU and leading activist in the Love Equality coalition then took to the stage, speaking to delegates on the history of the Trade Union, her personal connection with the movement and how it’s imperative we counter the Orwellian view and fight for workers’ rights, equality and collectivism.
After lunch, delegates heard the college reports including an update from NUS President, Shakira Martin and USI President, Mike Kerrigan before the constitutional amendments and motions voting opened.
As a result, amongst many, two motions were passed that will ensure NUS-USI has equal representation for all: The first ever Trans Officer and the first ever International Officer.
Delegates were then invited to the campaign café hosted by Goretti Horgan from UCU, Rachel O’Brien - NUS Disabled Students Officer, Ben Kinross (and some Starburst) from NUSUK and NSoA, Danielle Roberts from Alliance for Choice and Siona Cahill from USI and the Student for Choice campaign, Ilyas Nagdee, NUS Black Students’ Officer and Amy Kelly, USI and Robbie Young, VP Society and Citizenship. Each café talked about the latest priority campaigns and gave delegates the opportunity to ask questions and hear how they can get involved.
The day came to a close with hustings. Take a look at the photos so far here.