4 April 2015
Last Friday, I had a great opportunity to travel to London to the National Students’ Union (NUS) Conference. If it doesn`t ring a bell, just check out your NUS card that gives you discounts every day, from printing to travelling.
As a Course Representative, I was part of the Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union delegate group. There were four different workshops, some of them recommended for future leaders, others were more for supporting staff. It included different themes, such as chairing a committee meeting with situation games, and how to write a good manifesto (I saw some really bad examples as well).
Later on we had a nice sandwich lunch and some time for networking. Many student representatives came to the event, from Westminster University to Brighton. At the afternoon workshops, we had to group in with four to six people. We needed to find out what could be the tasks of a national student officer. Later on, we discussed some of the main issues that are bothering students nowadays, such as tuition fees, rent prices and the value of the knowledge they receive.
At the end of the event, we all came home with a bag of ideas and a ‘ready to do’ attitude. I have to say, this NUS conference was a great event where people from different environments, but with the same interest, came together to share their experience and knowledge. I’ll going to use this knowledge in the future as a Student Representative.