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Published on Apr 17, 2012
NUS is the national representative body for some million students in the UK, and NUS national conference is the largest decision-making body, it’s held every year in April and each university sent a delegation according to it’s size, to vote on policy proposals, to decide the campaign direction for the next year and elect the new national leadership that’s going to act on these proposals on behalf of students. NUS will be passing a number of policy proposals and these kind of interact with our own policy that we have as UCLU as an organization, so for example our delegation will be campaigning hard for policies that we’ve submitted, and that talk about visa regulations for international students and talk about rise in tuition fees, and cuts to public funding at universities, so ultimately it affects UCL students’ experience here at UCL. Nationally UCLU has had a very important part to play in the student movement. Last year we saw one of the biggest student occupations over the rise in tuition fees, we sent loads of students on the national demo – that interaction has been mirrored in UCLU’s interaction with NUS. I sit on the national higher education committee, in NUS, and the ex-campaigns officer is running for the post of vice-president of higher education. Our national conference is to make sure that our views are represented at national conference, and that the policy of our students have decided on and voted on then becomes national policy, and the NUS can take that forward and lead national campaigns for it. National conference will be taking place this year from the 24th to the 26th of April, and you can follow us online at ucl.org