NUS will be heading back to Party Conferences this year with what seems to be an interesting one! We will be hosting our own fringe events at Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences once again, bringing student issues to the forefront of the discussion. Details can be found below:
Labour Party Conference
Monday 24 September
A national education service – how to deliver for universities, colleges and students
Hosted by NUS alongside the association for modern universities, MillionPlus, this panel event will discuss the challenges and opportunities in further and higher education under a prospective Labour Government.
When: 12.00 -1.30pm
Where: Albert Suite, Hilton Liverpool City Centre, L1 8LW (inside the secure zone)
Speakers: Shakira Martin, NUS President; Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University; Gordon Marsden, Shadow Education Minister; James Frith MP; chaired by Sian Griffiths, Education Editor, The Sunday Times.
Conservative Party Conference
Tuesday 2 October
Reviews, revelations and revolutions: what is the future for our universities and students?
When: 10 – 11.30am
Where: ConservativeHome Marquee, Birmingham ICC, B1 2EA (inside the secure zone)
Speakers: Shakira Martin, NUS President; Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University; Sam Gyimah, Universities Minister; Trudy Harrison MP; chaired by Rebecca Coulson, Contributor, ConservativeHome
Scottish National Party Conference
Monday 8 October
Universities and Colleges in a modern Scotland: Innovative and inclusive education for the nation
When: 9 – 10am
Where: Barra Suite, Crowne Plaza, G3 8QT (inside the secure zone)
Speakers: Liam McCabe, NUS Scotland President, Shakira Martin, NUS President; Professor Nigel Seaton, Principle and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University; Robert Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further and Higher education; Carol Monaghan MP; chair tbc.
NUS have been invited on a number of panels at each conference to speak on issues from Brexit, to the Post-18 Education and Funding review, so watch this space and follow us on twitter!