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It’s party conference season!

Friday 22 September 2017 NUS News

NUS will be at the Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences over the next few weeks, speaking to delegates and getting student issues on the agenda. 

During these fringe events, NUS representatives will be appearing alongside MPs and experts, discussing all number of big issues affecting students in the coming years.

Here’s where we’ll be and when:

Labour Party Conference

Sunday 25 September

“Investing in the Future: what’s next for universities, students and skills?’

Hosted by NUS alongside the association for modern universities, MillionPlus, this panel event will look at what the future holds for our universities.

When: 5.30-6.30pm

Where: Hilton Brighton Metropole – Hall 7, Avon (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; Rupa Huq MP; chaired by John Morgan, THE politics and policy reporter.

Monday 25 September

“What does a green national education service look like?”

Hosted by NUS alongside SERA and Greener Jobs Alliance, this event will open up the conversations around embedding sustainability in education.

When: 10.30-11.30am

Where: Dome Room, Hotel Du Vin, Brighton

Speakers: Gordon Marsden, Shadow Education Minister; Shakira Martin, NUS President; Joanna De Groot, UCU; Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change; Ann Finlayson, Sustainable and Environmental Education and Jake Sumner (Chair, SERA).

“Who pays for higher education: tuition fees and the future of our universities”

NUS President Shakira Martin wil be speaking at this University and College Union (UCU) event looking at one of the fundamental questions in higher education: who pays for it.

When: 1-2pm

Where: Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton

Speakers: Shakira Martin, NUS President; Sally Hunt, UCU; Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Education Minister.

“Will the abolition of student fees widen access to higher education?”

Event Host: National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)  

When: 1-2pm

Where: The Grand Hotel, 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton BN1 2FW

Speakers: Shakira Martin, NUS President; Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Education Minister; Dr Graeme Atherton, NEON; Professor Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor at University of Sussex; Rachel Hall, Editor of Guardian’s Higher Education Network (Chair).

“Why Labour needs PR (proportional representation) now”

The Electoral Reform Society hosts a panel discussion about the need to bring about an electoral systems that stop excluding students and young people.

When: 6-7.30pm

Where: Lancing 3, Holiday Inn, 137 King’s Road Brighton

Speakers: Shakira Martin, NUS President; Paul Blomfield MP; Stephen Kinnock MP; Kezia Dugdale MSP (Leader of Scottish Labour); Sed Dance MEP.

“No Brexit is better than a bad Brexit”

NUS VPHE Amatey Doku will be speaking at this Best for Britain event about the future of the UK following the decision to exit the European Union.

When: 6-7pm

Where: Churchill Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole

Speakers: Amatey Doku, VP (HE) NUS; Tulip Siddiq MP; Elouise Todd, CEO of Best for Britain; Will Hutton, journalist and Principle of Herford College, University of Oxford.

Conservative Party Conference

More details to follow

Monday 2 October

"The price of excellence: who is paying for higher education reforms?"

When: 12.45-2pm

Where: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester

Tuesday 3 October

"Mind the Gap: How can universities and the Industrial Strategy solve the skills shortage?"

When: 2-3.30pm

Where: ConservativeHome Marquee

Scottish National Party Conference

More details to follow

Monday 9 October

"Investing in Scotland's future: what next for our universities, colleges and post-16 education?"

When: 9-10am

Where: Finnieston Suite, Hilton Garden Inn, Glasgow