NUS 2018 conferences

About NUS Conferences

The NUS is the largest voice for students in the UK. As a delegate attending one of the NUS conferences, you can represent The Union and have your say on issues that matter to students at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Every year students from students’ unions across the UK debate issues and decide future NUS policy at the National Conference. This conference sets NUS policy on Further Education, Higher Education, Society and Citizenship, and Welfare. It is also where NUS budget for the year ahead is decided.  

In addition to the National Conference, there are also liberation and sections conferences for student groups associated with these conferences. The liberation and sections conferences are an opportunity to influence policy specifically for the defined student groups.  

See below for a list of eligibility and spaces available for each conference. 

Conferences list 

- National Conference Dates: 9 – 11 April
Over 1,000 student representatives gather to attend the National Union of Students (NUS) annual conference, to decide what NUS - the national representative body for UK students - should work on for the next three years.

There are eight positions available to attend this conference with four places being reserved for women and four open places. This is in line with NUS national policy that 50% of the delegation must be women, rounded down. The President will all attend the Conference as ex-officio on behalf of The Union, and will act as delegation leader.


- International Students’ Conference Date: 29 – 31 January
The NUS International students’ campaign represents around 425,000 international students studying in higher and further education in the UK. This conference focuses on what should be campaigned on in relation to issues that affect both EU and non-EU students and makes sure that international students’ voices are heard across NUS.


There is one position available to attend this conference.

 


- Postgraduate Students Conference Date: 29 – 31 January
The NUS Postgraduate students’ campaign represents postgraduate students studying in higher and further education in the UK. This conference focuses on what should be campaigned on in relation to issues that affect postgraduate students and makes sure that postgraduate students’ voices are heard across NUS.

There is one position available to attend this conference 

 

- Mature and Part-time Students Conference Date: 29 – 31 January
The NUS Mature and Part time students’ campaign represents Mature and Part time students studying in higher and further education in the UK. This conference focuses on what should be campaigned on in relation to issues that affect Mature and Part time students and makes sure that Mature and Part time students’ voices are heard across NUS.

There is one position available to attend this conference 

 

- Parents and Carers Conference Date: 29 – 31 January
The NUS Parents and Carer students’ campaign represents Parents and Carer students studying in higher and further education in the UK. This conference focuses on what should be campaigned on in relation to issues that affect Parents and Carer students and makes sure that Parents and Carer students’ voices are heard across NUS.

There is one position available to attend this conference 

 

- Trans Students’ Conference Date: 30 – 31 January
NUS Trans Students' Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of the Trans Students' Campaign which is a politically autonomous part of NUS UK. This Conference brings together delegates from students' unions affiliated to NUS UK to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership for the year ahead.

There are the following positions available to attend this conference 
one open place
- One place for people experiencing transmisogyny
- One person of colour place
- One disabled place
- One non-binary place.
All of these delegates must self-define as Trans. A delegation of four or more must have at least two people who experience transmisogyny.

 

- Women Students’ Conference Date: 5 – 6 March
NUS Women Students' Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of the Women Students' Campaign which is a politically autonomous part of NUS UK.
This Conference brings together delegates from students' unions affiliated to NUS UK to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership for the year ahead.

There are the following positions available to attend this conference 
- Up to two open place delegates
- Additionally one reserved place delegate who defines as a black woman
- Additionally one reserved place delegate who defines into another Liberation group (black, disabled or LGBT+) or has caring responsibilities

 

- Black Students’ Conference Date: 12 – 13 March 
NUS Black Students' Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of the Black Students' Campaign which is a politically autonomous part of NUS UK.
This Conference brings together delegates from students' unions affiliated to NUS UK to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership for the year ahead.This is the page for the Summer Conference.

There is one position available to attend this conference 

 

- Disabled Students’ Conference Dates: 8 – 9 May 
NUS Disabled Students' Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of the Disabled Students' Campaign which is a politically autonomous part of NUS UK.
This Conference brings together delegates from students' unions affiliated to NUS UK to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership for the year ahead.

There is one position available to attend this conference 
 

- LGBT+ Students’ Conference Dates: 22 – 23 May
NUS LGBT+ Students' Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of the LGBT+ Students' Campaign which is a politically autonomous part of NUS UK.
This Conference brings together delegates from students' unions affiliated to NUS UK to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership for the year ahead.

There are the following positions available to attend this conference 
- Three Open Place member (open to any LGBT+ student)
- One Trans Place member (open to any student who defines as trans)
- One Black Place member (open to any LGBT+ student of African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean heritage and those who self-define as Black)
- Three Women’s Place member (open to any LBT+ student who defines as a woman, including (if they wish) those with gender identities which include 'woman', and those who experience oppression as women)
- One Disabled Place member (open to any LGBT+ disabled student)

Womens' Places:
Half of the basic delegate entitlement of a Union shall be delegate places reserved for Individual Members who self-define as Women, including (if they wish) those with complex gender identities which include 'woman', and those who experience oppression as women. This is rounded down, for example a delegation of 5 would need 2 women. 
 

Election dates


Nominations open: 5 November 
Nominations close: 23 November 
Manifesto deadline: 28 November 
Voting opens: 30 November 
Voting closes: 6 December 
Results announced 6 December