Workshop 2 – Fight for Funds
The second day began with all delegates choosing what workshop they would like to attend.
I chose the Fight for Funds section – alternative workshops included international student experience, accessibility for all, housing cooperatives, and gender-based violence.
The Fight for Funds proposed motion covered the inequalities of the apprentice minimum wage of £4.80 per hour, postgraduate funding, mature student support and hardship funds. All delegates decided the proposal was not up to scratch and suggestions made included: FE funding, disabled students support, and to investigate international student fees.
Summaries of the proposal are available on the NUS website.
Workshop 3 – Reimagining Education
We started off by breaking down the issues with education highlighting capitalist, archaic, and selfish mindsets universities often foster.
After discussing these issues, we began to discuss how we envision education to be rebuilt, reimagining from the ground up. Ideas included: student-decided assessments, free education for all, life skills and being embedded into society, creating an asset to society.
The day was finished off with a closing speech by Larissa Kennedy (NUS President), aimed to empower students to go back and put what we earnt into practice.
A word from Sophie, our Rep Coordinator (supporting staff)
“This was my first time at the NUS National Conference, and it was fantastic. It was great to see so many likeminded students coming together to discuss such important matters.
“My role at this event was to support Joe, which involved everything from organising transport to buying shaving foam! I was also able to meet other SU staff members to discuss ideas and plans going forward - picking up some great tips to implement back at Hartpury.
“I’d like to say a HUGE congratulations to all who stood for the presidency roles - that takes some courage and there was serious competition!
“All in all, a great experience and I hope to attend again next year.”