Weekly Roundup (13 February 2015)

Friday 13-02-2015 - 15:55

Each week we bring you a summary of the best tweets and photos from the world of students' unions as well as stories about NUS in the press.

What happened on NUS Connect this week?

We kicked off this week in Sheffield for our Strategic Conversation which saw officers and members of staff from SUs across the UK come together to discuss the future of the student movemment. At the event, NUS President Toni Pearce stressed the importance of collectivism ahead of a General Election which simultaneously 'represents a huge threat and a huge opportunity for students and young people across the country now and for the future’.

On Thursday, we turned our #GenerationVote shaped spotlight onto the issue of work exploitation, speciifcally asking politicians to act on issues such as; aprentice wages, inclusive internships, post-work study visas for international students and zero hour contracts. During yesterday's Day of Action, we also launched a confiential whistleblowing hotline alongside Intern Aware, which we'll be using to name and shame companies who exploit students and young people through unpaid internships. Our officers Piers, Shreya and Joe also blogged about how students and young people are commonly affected by work exploitation by discussing working culture, international students and apprecices respectfully. 

To mark Go Green Week, we invited Celia Briseid into the Hot Seat to quiz her on the launch of Roehampton Students' Union's new GiveMeTap project and our Sustainability team looked into the findings of the Unhealthy Investments report and asked, 'Is there anything unhealthier than fossil fuels?'.

Elsewhere on Connect, Veronika Hofmann documented a day in her life as an officer at Aberdeen University Students' Association, whilst members of staff from our Executive Office in London penned Five Ideas for how you can become a national representative with NUS. 

Tweets of the week

We've cherry-picked some tweets of the week from Strategic Conversation (#NUSSC15). 

NUS in the press



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