The NUS is a national organisation that campaigns on issues that affect students across the UK. The Students’ Union is a member of the NUS and we pay an affiliation fee in order to do this. The affiliation fee is dependent on the number of students you have as a University. In return The Students’ Union gains access to a number of services that the NUS provide including training and support services and access to better deals for our commercial services (the shop and bar). We also utilise NUS during our elections as the Returning Officer and send Student Officers to training and conferences. We also get to have a say in the running of the NUS by sending students to the democratic events that happen, such as NUS Conference and NUS Liberation Conferences.
The Liberation Conferences are there to ensure the voices of those who are underrepresented are heard, the students within the campaigns work to gain equal rights or full social and economic opportunities for a particular group. Each exists to represent, extend and defend the rights of students from these Liberation Groups. There are 4 NUS Liberation Conferences which The Students' Union at UWE send delegates to, they are:
Women (4 delegates able to attend)
LGBT+ (The Students' Union at UWE LGBT+ Officer and 6 delegates able to attend)
BME (The Students' Union at UWE BME Officer to attend)
Disabled (The Students' Union at UWE Disabled Student Officer to attend)
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Interested in going?
Each year we elected students in September to attend the conference and represent UWE Bristol students nationally. Please note all expenses are paid for by The Students' Union in regards to transport, accomodation and food for the conference. For each of the different Liberation Conferences we have a different delegate entitlement which allows us to send students to the different conferences (see above). The delegate allowance is set by NUS and the relevant Liberation Officer at The Students' Union at UWE automatically has a place (eg. the BME Officer at The Students' Union will automatically have a place at the NUS BME Conference). For delegations that have more than one position elections will be held.
This year elections will be held for 4 Women Students' delegates and 6 LGBT+ Students' delegates.
The elections will be held on the following dates:
Nominations open: 19 September 2016 at 10:00
Nominations close: 19 October 2016 at 16:00
Voting opens: 24 October 2016 at 12:00
Voting closes: 27 October at 23:59
Results: 28 October in The Students' Union Bar at Frenchay
Please note: Students wishing to attend the Liberation Conference must self-define into the relevent group the conference is representing. By submitting your nomination you are therefore defining into the group the conference you wish to attend is representing.
Understanding the role of an NUS Liberation Conference delegate
To understand more about being an NUS Liberation Conference Delegate you can read the job descriptions (Women's and LGBT+), visit the NUS website (or more specifically the LGBT+ and Women's campaign homepage) or find out more by watching the following video:
Find out more about the individual campaigns