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NUS President Toni Pearce sets out her vision for a New Deal for the Next Generation

Tuesday 8 April 2014 NUS News

National President Toni Pearce has welcomed delegates to Liverpool for NUS National Conference 2014 by calling for a generation of students to take action on the challenges they face.

More than 1,000 students made their way to the event, which runs between Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 April. It will take place over the next three days at Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.

Student leaders from across the UK have arrived in Merseyside to set NUS policy for the year ahead, and elect national student representatives.

In her opening remarks, NUS president Toni Pearce said:

‘The challenges we are here to discuss, and that we face once we leave this hall on Thursday, are as daunting as they have ever been.'

‘We have a generation in crisis with nearly a million young people unemployed and desperate for work, public services are being trampled and our education system is in turmoil.'

‘We are here, working to make sure everyone gets a fair chance to succeed, standing up for what we believe in and fighting to secure a better future.'

‘When we dare to do things differently, we inspire a whole generation to take action. We have a responsibility to all those students we represent -whether full-time, in college, part time, post-graduate, undergraduate or apprentice, to do just that.'

‘We need to be positive and ambitious and stand not just against things, but to stand for things that will make a difference.’

National Conference is the sovereign policy making body of NUS and is where delegates pass policy to decide the political direction of the organisation. Conference also elects the President and five Vice-Presidents for the year ahead, as well as holding the current officers to account.

The student delegates will discuss and vote on motions which will become policy of NUS when passed. The policy will inform the organisation about what its student members think about key issues and how NUS represents these.

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