Conference Closing

NUS President Zamzam Ibrahim closes National Conference 2020.

 

"This has been a pretty different type of conference than we all envisaged, but we do live in very different times.

 

Despite the challenges; you’ve come together and elected a brand new national officer team, a brand new national scrutiny council, democratic procedures committee and voted on policy that will shape the work of the National Union over the next two years.

 

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Larissa Kennedy, who will be my successor as your national president, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio as your next Vice President Higher Education and Salsabeel Elmegri as your next Vice President Further Education. NUS Wales and Scotland have already elected their presidents, NUS-USI will be electing theirs in the next couple of weeks, and the Liberation campaigns will be electing a brand new Vice President Liberation, which will complete the new NUS officer team. I want to send my good wishes to every candidate who ran in the elections, thank you for inspiring us with your campaigns and ideas.

 

The new officers' work will be shaped by the policy you have voted for at this conference and their manifestos. You have voted to support our priority campaign for a National Education Service, on policy to end the mental health crisis, on declaring a climate emergency, on supporting international students, launching a national student housing campaign, on parity for healthcare for all students and apprentices, ending employment in the workplace, and ending securitisation, surveillance and prevent.

I’m also really appreciative that you supported my emergency motion on the measures we are taking to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.

 

As this conference ends and I now enter my final months as National President, I just want to say how proud I am of the way students' unions and students, up and down the UK, have responded to times we find ourselves in. From setting up food banks, procuring laptops, supporting students in halls and creating digital support groups - once again students unions and students have led the way in showing what a compassionate society looks like.

 

To end, I hope all students are staying safe, staying at home and following the Government’s advice to give our NHS the best chance to manage this pandemic. Thank you to the NHS and all emergency workers, especially those who are students.

 

And thank you to every delegate who engaged in this year's National Conference, which officially now comes to an end.

 

Stay blessed!

Your NUS President, Zamzam Ibrahim"