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Here's everything that happened on day 1 of the NUS Conference


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Nearly 1000 students from across the country have travelled to Brighton for the Annual NUS Conference, which began yesterday.

Institutions have elected delegates to represent their students and debate motions that affect students on a local and national scale.

The conference can be followed on a live stream on the NUS website and on twitter with the #NUSNC17 and #NUSconference, with the official tweets coming from @nusconnect.

However for those unable to keep up with the acronyms and don't want to filter through the hot mess that is the hashtags, here's a round up of the first day.

Welcome Speech and Opening Remarks

The conference was officially opened by Sally Hunt, General Secretary for UCU, who applauded the work of President Malia Bouattia and the NUS, in particular with reference to the anti-racist work post brexit and post trump. The conference was then handed over to a live stream of Danielle Tiplady on behalf of RCN and then onto Ahmad Al-Rashid, contributor to the award winning film, Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.

Overview of Motions

With nearly 100 motions to be debated, not including all the amendments and procedural decisions, NUS delegates have three days to get through as much as they can.
Here's an overview of the motions which have been debated so far.

Motions Passed:

Motion 101: Liberate Education.
Motion 201: Putting Learners at the heart of the Post 16 Skills Plan (amended).
Motion 202: JoJo doesn’t know much about quality: what a wonderful world HE could be (amended).
Motion 203: Save Our Support Services.
Motion 204: Partnership is (almost) dead, long live student power (amended).
Motion 205: An Agenda on Tertiary Education.
Motion 206: Free Education (amended).
Motion 301: Civic Engagement through political action.
Motion 310: The Inclusion Journey Continues.
Motion 303: Free Periods.
Motion 304: NUS Extra Card.

Motions Failed:

Motion 305: Make the NUS impartial and inclusive of all students regardless of any established political stance.

The remaining 18 motions in the education zone will not be taken for debate by the national executive council (NE). The remaining six union development motions will be taken to the next NEC meeting.

The decision not to move the education motions to NEC sparked controversy when the current VP for Union Development Richard Brooks spoke out against the move. In his speech he told the conference that he did not trust NEC to vote without personal agendas on many of the motions left. These motions included the future of the NSS boycott, national demo decisions and support for apprentices and students studying creative subjects.

He then backed up his statement via twitter:

Furthermore, he has urged delegates to vote in favour of a motion which proposes to reform NUS Democracy, a motion which has a staggering 15 amendments.

Another controversial point of the day was the vote to censure Shelley Asquith, the current VP Welfare. The proposer of the censure, who left the stage in tears, spoke on the lack of support they felt during their year as an officer. Asquith responded with thanks to the delegate for exercising their democratic right to hold officers to account before defending herself, leading to the censure to fall.

The day ended for many students with the full time officer hustings, but for some, parties funded by the candidate campaigns were held until the early hours of the morning.

Day two will see the elections of the full time officers and the part time NEC members, as well as the debates on the welfare and society-citizenship motions.

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