What happened on day two at National Conference 2016?

Wednesday 20-04-2016 - 20:18

Student leaders reconvened at the Brighton Centre this morning for day two of our annual National Conference. Here are the highlights from Conference floor...

National Conference resumed with further discussion of motions within the Union Development Zone, following the ruling to extend the guillotine during yesterday evening’s final session.

Next up, each of the Nations summarised their policy and work carried out before proposing their policy passed at last conference for formal adoption into the main policy document. These were indeed adopted.

Today’s focus was on the election of NUS’ next National President and five Vice Presidents who will serve in office for the upcoming year.

We began with the election for the position of NUS National President which saw Malia Bouattia elected as NUS’ first Black Muslim woman president of NUS.

Malia, the current NUS Black Students’ Officer, received a total of 372 votes and was elected over rival candidates Megan Dunn, the current NUS National President, and Adil Waraich, former President of De Montfort Students’ Union.

The second round of elections saw Shakira Martin, Sorana Vieru and Shelly Asquith re-elected into the positions of Vice President (Further Education), Vice President (Higher Education) and Vice President (Welfare), respectively.

In our third and final round of officer elections, Rob Young was elected Vice President (Society & Citizenship), while Richard Brooks was re-elected Vice President (Union Development).

All speeches from today’s elections are available in our National Conference YouTube playlist.

Also on day two, we heard accountability reports for our remaining zones; from Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President (Welfare) and Piers Telemacque, NUS Vice President (Society & Citizenship). You can watch each of these reports below.

We wrapped up our penultimate day of business with the Annual General Meeting, which included reports from the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Democratic Procedures Committee (DPC), National Executive Committee (NEC), NUS UK Trustee Board and the Nominations Committee. During the AGM, delegates also voted to accept the accounts and estimates for the coming year.

The third and final day of National Conference will see the election of NUS’ Block of 15, Democratic Procedures Committee and Student Trustees as well as discussion of more policy.  

Not in Brighton for National Conference? Watch our live stream on NUS Connect and follow the action on Twitter using the #NUSconference hashtag.


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