Friday 05-12-2014 - 12:46
This week the National Executive Council (NEC) and Zone Committees met in Liverpool Guild of Students to further the discussions on what policy should be proposed to National Conference 2015.
At Zones Conference this year delegates explored the key issues affecting students and several key themes emerged which were debated at the Police Development Convention.
The key themes included the following areas:
SU 2034: Reimagining the Future
Reflecting on the twentieth year of the 1994 Education Act, and what the future of students’ unions will look like for the next twenty years.
Focusing on the principles of student services are, what are the gaps and threats to services and what we should be fighting for as a movement.
Postgraduate Research Students
Exploring the transition into employment and of mental health issues faced by postgraduates.
What should our education system look like to ensure that students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to become active and informed members of society?
Looking at the regulatory changes that have taken place in the Further Education sector over the last four years and discussing what the future of FE should look like.
A New Deal for Youth Services
Youth services provide a supportive and challenging place for young people to develop; cuts to these services have a drastic impact on both the quality of life and prospects for young people.
This theme is jointly-owned by the Further and Higher Education zones and will provide an overview of vocational education, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector.
Key Dates for Policy Submissions to National Conference
The Zones and NEC will propose policy to National Conference which will be published on the 30 January 2015. Students’ Unions then have the opportunity to discuss these proposals with their students and propose any amendments or submit their own policy proposals as ordinary motions.
30 January 2015 17:00
Priority and Zone Proposals are published on NUS Connect
06 March 2015 12:00
Deadline for Students’ Unions to submit amendments and Ordinary Motions
NUS UK Finance Estimates published
20 March 2015 12:00
Deadline to submit proposals to challenge the Estimates
30 March 2015
Priority Ballot opens. This is the opportunity for Students’ Unions to order the policy proposals. Ballots will be sent to delegate email addresses so please ensure that emails are correct when registering delegates.
02 April 2015
Priority Ballot closes.
10 April 2015
Final document of policy proposals published