National Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of NUS and is where delegates pass policy to decide the political direction of the organisation. Conference also elects the National President and five Vice Presidents for the year ahead, as well as holding the current officers to account.
For issues relating to the administration of conference, including registration, access needs, room bookings and stalls contact the Events Team through email@example.com
For issues about delegate entitlement, zone committees, reports and policy, amendments to zone policy proposals & Cross Campus Ballots contact the Chair of the Democratic Procedures Committee through firstname.lastname@example.org.
For issues about elections contact the Chief Returning Officer through email@example.com.
Each union gets a number of delegates based on the number of part-time and full-time students. This is set each year by DPC based on the amount of money that they are given by the NEC and approved by National Conference in the Estimates.
At National Conference 2014, delegates voted to change NUS' rules around delegations to Conference, meaning that from this year, all students' unions must send delegations that include at least 50% self-defining women (rounded down) as a way of ensuring that conference floor is representative of the student movement. For example, if you have a delegate entitlement of four, two of your delegates must self-define as women (if you have five, it would also be two as it's 50% rounded down.) If you are a union with a delegate entitlement of one, then your place is open but if the delegate you send is not a self-defining woman then your free observer place must be taken by a self-defining woman.
NUS has a long history of working with others and those who are involved in the student movement often go on to do further good in trades union, charities, politics or other aspects of society. National Conference is a good time to hear from people with an inspirational journey and stand in solidarity with those with similar fights to NUS.
National Conference begins at 12.00pm on Tuesday 27 March 2018. Registration will open at 9.00am on that day. After registration, there will also be two delegate training sessions so we advise delegations to arrive early in order to attend training as well.
You should always have your wristband and voting card with you for the whole conference. These are known as your ‘credentials’ and are necessary for taking part in voting. If you lose any of these please go to the NUS information point.
Each delegate will have a printed copy of the agenda and policy proposals
There will be optionally printed copies of Officer reports available in the venue for reference only and Adoptions and Policy Lapse will be available on display in the venue. All documents are available to download from the Conference website.
You should sit with your delegation (your union) for the whole event. Your delegation will be assigned an area on conference floor on registration.
For policy, you’ll be asked to raise your voting card in the air. If the need arises for a counted vote then the Chair will explain exactly what you need to do.
Yes, and it will be signposted within the building or you can ask for details at the NUS information point when you arrive.
Breakfast is supplied in your hotels, but otherwise there are a number of food outlets in and around the conference venue, please ask at the NUS information point if you want some advice on places to go for specific dietary requirements. Food is not allowed on Conference floor so please make sure you use the breaks and fringes for lunch and dinner.