NUS Liberation Conference is one of five annual democratic events that identify and set the policy priorities for NUS UK. It functions as one conference,although it encompasses individual caucuses, discussing and debating the issues that students care about through a liberation lens. Policies considered and voted on here, help to inform the work of the Vice President Liberation and Equality and the wider NUS UK Plan for Action, developed and led by the Officer Executive. Because of this the formal policy making function of the Conference lies with the conference as a whole rather than in individual caucuses.
At the conference three policies will be debated and voted on. All delegates of the conference have the opportunity to decide which policy proposals should be discussed. This will be decided by a priority ballot.
A priority ballot is an exercise where delegates vote to rank the order of policy proposals to be discussed at the conference. Delegates are able to rank the policies in order of preference. These will then be counted using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system to decide the three policies to be discussed at the event.
The priority ballot will run from 13 May – 15 May 12 noon.
All delegates will be able to vote on the policy proposals using their preferred email address provided at registration. They will be emailed a link to participate in the vote.
We have now received policy proposals which you can read here.
The conference has space for each of the Liberation campaigns to discuss priorities for the year ahead, though these spaces are not formal policy setting spaces.
Ahead of the conference activists have been asked to submit ideas for these discussions, to help inform what the main priorities across the Black, Disabled, LGBT+, Trans and Women’s campaigns should be. At the Conference itself the current officers and steering committee members will facilitate conversations to work out and organise on these priorities.
Each caucus will discuss three topics. The three topics will be decided on by delegates of each caucus through a priority ballot. Delegates of each caucus will be asked rank the discussion topics in order of preference. These will then be counted to decide the three topics to be discussed at the caucus. The Priority Ballot will run from 13 May – 15 May 12 noon.
You can read the topics for discussion here:
Once the prioritisation exercise has taken place the Steering Committee will publicise three policy proposals to be discussed at Conference and three campaign topics for discussion at each of the caucuses. These will be the priorities that topped the priority ballot.
All delegates will receive these proposals and topics so that discussions can take place before conference, between delegates, within students’ unions and online.
Delegates will then formally debate the policy proposals. Cross Liberation policy will be debated by video and there will be opportunity to pre-submit speeches for and against each of the proposals. We will also publish a participation guide so that delegates can run DIY debates.
We will facilitate a Skype conference on 27 May for each of the five caucuses to discuss their prioritised topics.
Voting will open for each of the proposed policies and campaign proposals on 27 May and close on 1 June at 12 noon. We will announce the decisions of Conference that afternoon and will formally close the event.