Lead and Change

We are excited to announce that we now have dates for our 2018 Lead and Change event at the University of Hertfordshire and Leeds Beckett University!

Lead and Changeis our flagship training event where officers will gain essentuial skills, knowledge and competencies that they need to succeed in their roles.  Core networks will be created and sustained through training groups throughout the week with other officers who have shared or have similar portfolios, sharing experiences and ideas to help them with their time in office.

Following the officer development programme review in 2014/15, all courses share the following key areas of learning:

  1. Leadership

  2. Understanding and engaging your students/liberation

  3. Communication and influencing skills

  4. Building a network

  5. Being an officer

  6. Policy knowledge and political ideas

  7. Working in a students’ union


Learning areas 1-4 will be delivered in a similar way across all of the courses and 5-7 will be geared towards the relevant portfolio. Content will be appropriate to the nations and liberation, equality and diversity will be embedded throughout. It is key that officers attend only one course over the Lead and Change summer training programme.

Following the training programme, further learning will be delivered online using U Learn following the key areas of learning.

Dates for Lead and Change 2018 are:

24 - 26 July 2018, University of Hertfordshire

31 - 2 August 2018, Leeds Beckett University

The dates for the individual Lead and Change programmes below will be designated to one of the above dates soon.

  • Lead and Change Higher Education
  • Lead and Change Presidents 1
  • Lead and Change Student Opportunities
  • Lead and Change Welfare 
  • Lead and Change Presidents 2 


Further Information about Lead and Change will be announced shortly


Additional training located in the Nations:
All of the above courses are relevant to officers from the Nations, additionally NUS Scotland and NUS USI have a couple of other targeted courses on offer:

NUS Scotland
Lead & Change: College Student Representation. This two-day training residential, aimed at Presidents and Vice Presidents from college students’ associations in Scotland will help officers to develop the skills, knowledge and values necessary to lead their students’ associations and deliver changes for their students.

NUS-USI are working with USI to deliver SUT all Ireland training. They are working with USI to confirm the details and will let you know as soon as possible.

The price of the courses covers the costs of running the course but does not cover the time that NUS staff and officers put in to developing the course content or delivering the training. This is gifted by NUS as a benefit of affiliation.

NUS 100

This course is all about students’ unions being diverse, inclusive and equitable organisations, supporting them to attract and retain outstanding people.


For more details contact the Learning and Development team,