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Policy Guide

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What is policy? 

Put simply, policy is what NUS Wales believes. Our policy is the way that students in Wales tell us what is important to them and what they want NUS Wales to take action on. Policy tells us the campaigns that we should be working on and directs the work of the NUS Wales President. 

 

Policy creation 

Creating policy is one of NUS Wales Conference’s core purposes. Students tell NUS Wales what to do, not the other way around. Policy sets out what NUS Wales thinks about the issues affecting students. Once policy has been set, the NUS Wales President uses it to create a Plan for Action with the help of staff. The Plan for Action details what NUS Wales does and how we win for students. We do all this through our democratic process. This year, that process is changing.    

 

The Policy Process 

Developing policy should be a process in which any student can participate. Last year, NUS changed its rules, which allow us try new ways of making this a more collaborative and better-informed forum.  

 

  1. Submitting policy proposals (from member students’ unions) 

Monday 2 December 12:00 to Friday 17 January 17:00 

Students’ unions are encouraged to submit policy proposals online. These should be short and written in plain language. They should be submitted in both English and Welsh. Submission should be in two parts:  

  • Identifying the issue. 
  • Explain the position NUS Wales should take on it and why.  

Each submission may not exceed 300 words. Policy proposals should not address what NUS Wales should do. That is a job for the newly elected NUS Wales President to develop within their Plan for Action. 

Policies must be submitted on the NUS Wales Conference Democracy Hub, https://nwc.unioncloud.org - a live platform that member students’ unions can view and comment in real time. 

Presidents or nominated student leaders are issued the login details to access the platform. NUS Wales encourages students’ unions and their officer teams to collaborate in this process. 

The deadline to submit policy proposals is Friday 17 January at 17:00. 

How to submit: Every students’ union president or nominated student leader will receive a login to the site. The username will be this person’s preferred email address and the password will be the students’ union’s NUS Secure Code. 

 

  1. Commenting and preferencing policy proposals (from member students’ unions) 

Monday 2 December 12:00 to Friday 17 January 17:00 

  • Commenting on all the policies is vital. As policies are submitted, students’ unions are encouraged to comment on each one. Comment will be used to form roundtable discussions at the conference.  
  • Students’ unions will not be able to submit a policy that is similar to a proposal that’s already been submitted. This will be moderated and determined by the NUS Wales Steering Committee. That is the purpose of comments.  
  • Students’ unions should preference the importance of policies using indicative voting. In other words, rank the policies in order of importance. This is to assist in demonstrating the level of importance from membership. 

 

  1. Commenting and preferencing policy proposals (from Conference delegates) 

Monday 20 January 12:00 to Friday 31 January 17:00 

  • Commenting on all the policies is vital. All Conference delegates are encouraged to comment on each policy. Comment will be used to form roundtable discussions at the conference.   
  • Conference delegates should preference the importance of policies using indicative voting. In other words, rank the policies in order of importance. This is to assist in demonstrating the level of importance from all delegates. 

How to take part: All delegates will be able to login to the site using the preferred email address provided at registration. They will be emailed their account details prior to voting opening on Monday 20 January. Voting closes on Friday 31 January at 17:00. 

 

  1. Selection of three policy areas (by Steering Committee) 

Monday 3 February 12:00 to Friday 7 February 17:00 

Based on the preferences and comments, Steering Committee – made up of elected members of NUS Wales and NUS UK 2019/20 committees – will put forward three policy areas for discussion, debate and decision. These will be circulated to all members and Conference delegates in advance of NUS Wales Conference. 

 

  1. Discussing and building policies 

Wednesday 26 February at NUS Wales Conference 

On day one of Conference, we will run a series of roundtable workshops on each of the three policy topics. The purpose of these sessions will be to deepen our collective understanding of the issues, create space to add further detail and build policies by consensus.  

NUS Wales will look to invite experts to listen and offer their expertise – not opinions – during the roundtable discussions. These experts will be selected by the Steering Committee, working with proposers, to ensure fairness and balance. A mediator will guide the discussions to be inclusive spaces for all delegates. A minute taker will record the discussions without attribution to individuals. 

At the end of day one, the Steering Committee will meet to refine policies and add amendments based on the minutes recorded. Those policies will be prepared for voting on the next day. 

 

  1. Debating and voting 

Thursday 27 February at NUS Wales Conference 

On day two of Conference, delegates will come together to formally debate the policy proposals and vote on them. Delegates will hear feedback from each of the workshops, hear speeches for and against each amendment, and vote on the policies. The Steering Committee will guide delegates through the process. The passed policies will form the basis of the officer’s Plan for Action. 

 

  1. Discussing ideas for how to turn policy into action 

Thursday 27 February at NUS Wales Conference 

A final session of Conference will allow an informal and non-binding discussion between delegates and the newly elected NUS Wales President to explore ideas on how the three policies can be taken forward. This can include action from NUS Wales, as well as from members themselves. The discussion will be minuted without attribution to individuals for the use of forming the NUS Wales Plan for Action 2020/21.