Conferences are the lead decision making bodies of the organisation where delegates representing students from across our membership review the work over the last year, decide on priorities and policy for the following year and elect the leadership.
National Conference is held annually in April and is the head decision-making body of NUS. Delegates are elected from each local students’ union that is an affiliated member of NUS to represent students’ views on a national level.
As well as National Conference there are separate conferences for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, for our Liberation Campaigns and for specific groups of students known as ‘Sections’ in NUS which includes International, Postgraduate and Mature and Part Time students.
There are over 20 Conferences run by NUS so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. These include:
• NUS UK National Conference
• NUS Scotland Conference
• NUS Wales Conference
• NUS USI Conference
• Liberation Conferences (including those run in the Nations)
• Sections Conferences (including those run in the Nations)
You need to speak to your local students’ union about how you become an NUS delegate to one of our Conferences.
Understanding the role of an NUS Delegate
There are three main roles of a Delegate at any of our Conferences which includes: voting on policy, voting in elections, voting on reports.
Policy – setting the direction
Delegates will discuss and vote on motions which will become policy of NUS when passed. The policy will inform the organisation about what you, its student members, think about key issues.
This policy will be interpreted and enacted by the relevant Officers, National Councils and Committees.
Elections – choosing the leadership
Delegates will elect the Officers and committee members for the year ahead for the relevant Officer positions, Zones, National Councils and Committees.
Reports – reviewing the work
Delegates will review the work of the various committees, councils and governing bodies. Delegates will have the opportunity to hold to account the officers responsible by asking them questions and voting on whether to approve it.