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Student leaders from across Europe come together in Cardiff for 34th European Students’ Convention

Wednesday 11 October 2017

The UK is welcoming over 80 student representatives from across Europe to Cardiff, as NUS Wales hosts the 34th European Students’ Convention.

The convention, which kicks off today, is an opportunity for students from across Europe to discuss the shared challenges they face and celebrate the work that they do. Brexit will be high up the agenda.

President of the European Students’ Union, Helge Schwitters of Norway said:

“It’s an honour to welcome delegates to Cardiff for the 34th European Students’ Convention. We are very grateful to NUS Wales for their work in organising this event, and we know that they will be excellent hosts.

“Students need to actively participate in securing our future. In a constantly-changing world, politicians respond with defensive choices such as shaping education into pre-defined career paths.

“But progressive educational policies are built on inclusiveness, accessibility, equity, and trust across borders. I’m confident that the Convention in Cardiff will give us an opportunity to develop and share ideas as we continue to work together to secure the future of Students across Europe.”

The Deputy President of NUS Wales and one of the organisers of the event Carmen Smith said:

“I am delighted to welcome delegates from across Europe to Cardiff for the 34th European Students’ Convention.

“The theme of the convention is ‘Securing our Future’ and this is especially important in our own context in the UK as we discuss everything from Brexit to the future of Post-16 education with a keynote speech by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams AM.

“We live in a turbulent time with decisions across the globe being made that are set to unbalance the paths of students’ futures. That is why such gatherings like this are crucial for us as student leaders to come together collectively; to shape what kind of world future generations will be living in.

“I look forward to welcoming the delegates and giving them a real taste of the beauty and culture of Wales.”


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Contact: Liam Bowen | |

About NUS Wales

NUS Wales is a confederation of students’ unions representing more than 300,000 students in the nation. As the only representative voice for students in Wales, NUS Wales represents students from all affiliated students’ unions in both HE and FE sectors, this includes 8 HE institutions and all Welsh FE Colleges.

NUS Wales exists to promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions. We fight barriers to education; empower students to shape both a quality learning experience and the world around them; as well as supporting influential, democratic and well-resourced students’ unions. 

As well as campaigning on behalf of our members, NUS Wales provides a range of training to students’ unions including training for full-time offices, part-time officers and staff. We provide support to students’ unions to ensure they are able to engage positively with the latest policy developments that affect them.

The core values of NUS Wales are democracy, equality and collectivism. We believe that student organisations should be student-led and that education is a benefit to the individual and to society.

About The European Students’ Convention

The European Students’ Convention is an opportunity for student representatives from all of the Students’ Unions to come together to learn, to discuss, to share ideas, and to get to know one another.

About ESU (European Students’ Union)

ESU is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 38 countries. The NUS’ are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing.

Our members are also student-run, autonomous, and representative, and operate according to democratic principles. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic, and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO.

Through its members, ESU represents over 15 million students in Europe.