For months I’ve been talking about my determination to ensure we aren’t the generation of student leaders who turn the lights off on NUS. This week, we’ve held our final NUS UK Board meeting before National Conference and we’re moving a bit closer to decision time.
By now, you should have had the opportunity to read the documents we’ve produced around reform. These are the ideal starting point for conversations in your union in the run up to National Conference.
The reform motion proposed to Conference will look slightly different to the motions you are used to. Reform requires us to redraft our Articles (governing documents) and therefore the motion proposed to conference will require us to present a new set of Articles.
To make this process as easy as possible we will shortly produce a series of documents to further outline what these reforms mean for our movement. This will include information on our vision for NUS as well as information on the financial context we’re working in. We want everyone to be able to make an informed decision on our future and we hope these documents will help.
In the meantime, if you are holding a regional meeting please don’t hesitate to invite us along to it.
National Conference Deadlines
There are a number of deadlines coming up for National Conference:
- The deadline to register your delegates for places with accommodation and for participation in the Priority Ballot is Friday 8 March at noon. If you do not have the name of your delegate yet you can still register the individual as “A N Other”. The final deadline for registration is Tuesday 19 March at noon.
- The deadline for nominations for the President, Vice President positions and NEC student places is Monday 25 February at noon.
- The deadline to submit Ordinary Motions and Amendments to Zone Proposals is Thursday 28 February at noon.
Please visit the conference hub for further information.
We are aiming to release the reform motion by Friday 1 March at which point members will have until Friday 15 March (noon) to submit amendments to the motion. Our Democratic Procedures Committee will then draft and composite any amendments for publication by Monday 25 March.
At National Conference delegates will have the opportunity to vote on the motion and decide the future of NUS. In the meantime, please stay in touch, and make sure your students’ union is registered for NUS Convention.
Homes (not) fit for study
This week your Vice President (Welfare), Eva released our comprehensive Homes Fit for Study 2019 report into the world of private accommodation for students. This research found that a huge number of students are paying extortionate rent for damp, dirty, and sometimes dangerous rented homes during their time at university. Over a third of students reported that the state of their rented properties left them feeling anxious or depressed. These figures need to change and using this research we want to work towards achieving that as soon as we can!
Independent Review of the TEF – Get involved
The government has launched the Independent Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This review could change every aspect of the TEF, from the names of ratings to the metrics used. This is our opportunity to create a framework for excellent teaching which really reflects what students want. There’s two ways that you can get involved:
1. You can submit your own thoughts and ideas to the consultation until Friday 1 March, and we’ve prepared a briefing to give you some key things to think about. We will also publish our full response closer to the deadline.
2. On Friday 8 March, we are holding a consultation event for students’ unions in Leeds, where we will go through key areas of the review, and you can directly influence the Department for Education. Registration for this event is now open, so be quick!
T Levels consultation – our response
Earlier this week the government closed their latest consultation on T Levels, a new mode of post-16 technical study that they are planning on piloting from 2020, which focuses on classroom-based learning combined with vocational placements. Emily, Vice President (Further Education) has led the submission of NUS’ response to this, focusing on ensuring that students have enough information, advice and guidance on how these new modes of study will affect them. We want to make sure that T Levels are fit for purpose and fully accessible to all.
TOTUM survey – Get involved
We are undertaking a survey to understand more about how students’ unions feel about the current TOTUM platform and the services it offers to engage with students.
By completing the survey you’ll help us to:
1. Understand to what extent students’ unions currently use the TOTUM platform
2. The current attitudes toward the different features and services it gives access to
3. Which of the features are most useful and appealing to students’ unions in reaching out and engaging with their students
The survey closes on Monday, so please get involved and respond as soon as possible.