As the dust settles on the first day for the National Union of Students Conference 2019, we look at some of the key highlights brought to you by our NUS team.
With over 750 delegates arriving at the SEC in Glasgow, we saw student leaders from across the nation gather to debate the NUS reform and motions alongside electing their new national student representatives for the year ahead.
Your new NUS elected leadership.
Yesterday, conference elected the new NUS President and five Vice Presidents to continue the representative work for student across the United Kingdom. Congratulations to those elected:
NUS National President – Zamzam Ibrahim
NUS Vice-President Further Education – Juliana Mohammed Noor
NUS Vice-President Higher Education - Claire Smith
NUS Vice-President Welfare - Eva Crossan Jory
NUS Vice-President Union Development - Erica Ramos
Opening of the NUS Conference 2019
We received a warm welcome to the NUS Conference from our NUS President Scotland, Liam McCabe, as he introduced Deputy Lord Provost of Glasgow and current University of Strathclyde student Bailie Philip Braat to the stage. Braat, praised Glasgow’s rich education, branding Glasgow the City of Innovation before closing his speech with the importance of the National Union of Students across the years and it’s crucial future in education.
Following the deputy Lord Provost was Síona na Cahill, President of the Union of Students of Ireland (USI). Cahill delved into the critical role students played in the more recent political events in Northern Ireland with the removal of the 8th Amendment.
Finally, to conclude the opening speeches came Shakira Martin, the current NUS President. Not shying away from the financial distress NUS has recently faced, Martin, spoke frankly of the hardships during this presidency in the NUS. However, the key focus of the speech was the optimism behind actionable change that has taken precedence in her 2nd year as president.
The conference continues with each Vice President sharing their reports for their accomplishments and workings over the last year. With a short video followed a question time for VP’s to explain any uncertainties submitted.
The conference concluded with the elections for NUS President and 5 Vice President positions with the results above. The conference continues today and tomorrow with reforms and motions debated amongst the delegates.