SUBU is affiliated to the National Union of Students which is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions, they represent the interests of more than six hundred students’ unions and over seven million students.
NUS National Conference
The NUS National Conference takes place once a year and is where over 1200 students from across the country meet to decide who will lead NUS and what campaigns they will work on. It sets policy for the year ahead in each of the 5 zones (Society & Citizenship, Higher Education, Further Education, Welfare, and Union Development) and elects NUS President, Vice Presidents and Block of 15 representatives on the NUS National Executive Council.?
Each year SUBU sends elected delegates who attend the conference and represent the students of Bournemouth University. SUBU covers the cost of accomodation and travel, so there is no personal costs for the delegates whilst attending the conference.
At the conference delegates are expected to:
1.?Vote on Motions
Students from all over the country have the chance to submit motions (ideas) that will get discussed at the conference. It is up to our delegates to represent the students of BU and to vote for or against these motions. If the majority of delegates present at the conference vote to pass a motion, it will become NUS policy.
If you’ve got an idea for policy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2.?Vote in Elections
During the National Conference, the future leaders of NUS are elected. This includes the president, vice presidents, trustees and other important roles.
3. Vote on Reports
NUS present various reports during the conference. These include reports from the elected leaders and reports on their finances and estimates for the following year. Delegates at the conference can vote whether to approve these reports or not.
Each year NUS also runs an annual Liberation Conference; this is where the election for the NUS Liberation Officer takes place as well as Liberation Policy setting.
NUS describe the conference as ‘Each of the campaigns is represented at the Conference with space for attendees to discuss matters relevant to members from the Liberation groups represented.’ The conference will be discussing policies relating to BAME, Disabled, LGBT+, Trans and Women students as well as voting for NUS’s Liberation positions.
The delegates to this conference are SUBU’s Liberation Officers