We arrive in Brighton after a long journey from Derby. We were met with hundreds of students all excited for conference to begin.
Giving you the chance to meet people from other FE and HE institutions that you wouldn’t even have the chance to meet normally.
The first motion that we were given the chance to vote on was allowing 6 FE institutions the chance to join the NUS movement. They were the follow; Sussex Recovery College, Plumpton College, Meadowhead School Sixth Form Students’ Union, Seashell Trust Royal College Manchester Student Council, King Edward VI College Students’ Union and High Storrs 6th Form Students’ Union.
We was also given the chance to vote on the post -16 skills plan and it came through that NUS will commit to putting learners at the heart of the Post-16 skills plan.
We also voted on a New National President with Shakira Martin winning and for the first time in NUS history she is the only President to come from a background in FE. Also voted in where Amatey Doku for Vice President of HE, Emily Champan for Vice President of FE, Izzy Lenga for Vice President of Welfare, Robbie Young was re-elected back in for Vice President of society and Citizenship and Ali Milani for Vice President of Union Development.
Also as a conference we were able to pass through placements, apprenticeships and education for good which means that apprentices are going to have a stronger voice in the future with the aim to improve the quality of apprenticeships and the treatment apprentices receive. Ticket to ride, help FE students to get into college and be able to receive an education. Mental first aid within FE and HE, it is encouraged that all NUS affiliated institutions, have an on call first aider will be trained in mental health first aid as well as physical first aid. Also to encourage all welfare support officers in Students’ Unions to be trained in mental health first aid. Just to name a few, all helping make are students the best they can be for our students.
More information on conference can be found on the Nation Union of Students (NUS) website – https://www.nus.org.uk/ and on NUS Connect – http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/