Your National Voice
As your Students' Union, we also have a responsibility to ensure your voice is heard nationally. We do this by ensuring we feed into any relevant national campaigns, national round-tables, attending national events and making sure our Officers and staff are up-to-date and where possible, involved in national policies. One way we do this is by being a member of NUS UK and NUS Charity. You can find out more about these organisations below:
NUS UK is a confederate association of around 400 students’ unions, representing the interests of more than seven million students. Around 95 per cent of all students’ unions throughout the country are affiliated to NUS, ranging from those based at small specialist colleges through to general further education colleges, large universities and higher education colleges.
NUS is your national union representing university and college students across the UK. Together we achieve national change for students.
Current NUS UK campaigns include Voter ID, Cost of Living & Free Transport.
NUS UK National Conference and Liberation Conference 2024
National Union of Students is led by students and students’ unions. We as a students' union at Worcester University actively shape their campaigns. Every year they run a series of events across the UK to bring together students and officer to build campaigns for the years ahead. These events are NUS’ democratic conferences and they hold one in each part of the UK plus a dedicated Liberation Conference. Policy to these conferences can be submitted by any member Students’ Union which, if passed at conference, then becomes national policy NUS must work on.
Policy submissions for all of NUS' democratic conferences this year opened on 14 November 2023 and closes on 15 January 2024.
As your Students' Union we will be holding an NUS Policy session on Monday 18th December (2:30pm-4pm) in EE 1104 (St John’s Campus) which is open to any student to come along and take part in building a policy for submission from Worcester Students’ Union. All 3 Officers will be in this space, so if you have any ideas for a national policy or campaign come along and join in.
You can RSVP and submit your policy ideas below:
NUS UK National Conference 2023
Gemma Allcott (Vice President Education 2022-23) and Meg Lee (Vice President Student Activities 2022-23) attended NUS National Conference in Harrogate on the 15th and 16th March 2023 representing students at University of Worcester. Prior to National Conference, the below five policy proposals plus amendments were bought to council, these policies focused on:
- International Students
- Cost of Living
- NUS scrutiny
Your Officers attended sessions which focused on refining the international student policy – the main concerns in the room were the lack of hardship funding, the 20-hour cap on working hours, uncapped and unregulated tuition feed the lack of representation and the lack of support. The full policy document which your Officers inputted into can be found online here. The other sessions attended by Gemma and Meg were focused on Cost of Living, housing and Strategic campaigning in the student movement.
Through our membership with NUS Charity we have access to support, training and advice services – alongside an opportunity to work with NUS to shape the future of the student movement. NUS UK and NUS Charity work side by side with a common purpose: to make our education, and our world, better through the collective power of students. NUS Charity aims to develop and champion strong students’ unions through advice, guidance and crisis support. They connect members and curate services. For members who trade, they also help students’ unions to make the most of their commercial enterprise income.