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NUS National Conference 2013 – Officer Candidates

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Along with voting on NUS policy, the other major role of National Conference is to elect the leaders that will carry through and realise those policies.

Below are my feelings on and preference for the candidates standing this year.
These are pretty much based solely off how the candidates present themselves in their manifestos, and so most of what is written below is instinctual, stream-of-consciousness, subject to change, open to challenge etc.
Your feedback is particularly welcome here, so for any objections or suggestions, comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

For an intro/recap on Conference in general + all the motions click here.
For the Education Zone motions summary click here.
For the Society & Citizenship Zone motions summary click here.
For the Union Development Zone motions summary click here
For the Welfare Zone motions summary click here
For the AGM proposals summary click here

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NUS National Conference 2013 – AGM motions (700)

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These are the motions going to Conference under the ‘AGM Proposals section’. These motions deal with the more technical aspects of NUS/Conference process and structure and often entail changes to the NUS’ rules.
As such there are a number of motions that i’m currently undecided on (-) or at least open-minded to, and will need to hear the proposers arguments before making a decision.

For illustrative purposes, here’s a download link to the NUS Articles of Association and Rules 2012, with comments detailing what changes to what rules are being proposed by what motions.
Edit: Slightly updated the PDF in the link; the motion referred to as ’70E’ is now motion 713 in the Final Proposals list.

For any questions please comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

For an intro/recap on Conference in general + all the motions click here.
For the Education Zone motions summary click here.
For the Society & Citizenship Zone motions summary click here.
For the Union Development Zone motions summary click here.
For the Welfare Zone motion summary click here

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NUS National Conference 2013 – Welfare Zone motions (600)

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These are the motions being proposed to Conference for the Welfare Zone, who deal with issues that affect the Welfare of students within their academic institution or in their living accommodation (as opposed to the issues they would be subject to in wider society that affect them, which generally come under the Society & Citizenship Zone).

As you can see, I don’t really have any objections to any of the motions here myself, but if you have any particular concerns or strong feeling please comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

For an intro/recap on Conference in general + all the motions click here.
For the Education Zone motions summary click here.
For the Society & Citizenship Zone motions summary click here.
For the Union Development Zone motions summary click here.

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NUS National Conference 2013 – Union Development Zone motions (500)

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Here is a summary of the motions going to Conference for the Union Development Zone, which concerns how NUS should best support Student Unions in increasing their effectiveness and engagement from members, etc.

For any questions/clarification on voting intentions or NUS or Conference procedure please comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

For an intro/recap on Conference in general + all the motions click here.
For the Education Zone motions summary click here.
For the Society & Citizenship Zone motions summary click here.

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NUS National Conference 2013 – Society & Citizenship Zone motions (400)

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Here is a summary of the motions being sent to Conference for the Society & Citizenship Zone of NUS, regarding action and work that the NUS would undertake in the interest of wider social justice, at a local and governmental level.

For any questions/clarification on voting intentions or NUS or Conference procedure please comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

For an intro/recap on Conference in general + all the motions click here.
For the Education Zone motions summary click here.
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NUS National Conference 2013 – Education Zone motions (200+300)

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Below is a summary of the motions being sent to Conference for the Education Zone of NUS, which pertain to issues/actions to be taken in the Further Education (200) and Higher Education (300) sectors.
Also includes motion 101 because it doesn’t fit elsewhere.

For any questions/clarification on voting intentions or NUS or Conference procedure please comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

For an intro/recap on Conference in general + all the motions click here.

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NUS National Conference 2013 – Introduction

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Between the 8th and 10th of April 2013 the NUS (National Union of Students) will be holding their annual National Conference in Sheffield, where delegates from affiliated Student Unions will be voting on motions and mandates that will define the NUS’ work and course of action over the upcoming years, as well as the Officers and representatives that will lead and (in theory) deliver on those actions.

As one such affiliate Union, the Birmingham Guild of Students will be directly affected by the outcome of Conference, as well as the Education sector across the nation on the whole.
(By extension BEMA, as part of the Guild, will also be affected to some degree, or at least enough to justify this WordPress being hijacked for this series of posts).

As one of those delegates elected to represent the Guild, I think it only right to open up the process and procedure of Conference publicly to any interested parties, so over the upcoming days I will post up on the motions going to Conference – including a brief summary of what the motion entails and mandates, and what direction I intend to vote on at present – and some information on the candidates for full-time Officer positions within NUS (President + Vice Presidents).

Fitting with the structure of NUS, motions are divided into ‘Zones’ which generally represent the areas of remit presided over by a corresponding Officer (e.g. Welfare Zone overseen by the VP Welfare).
A successful motion will then mandate that Zone of the NUS and the relevant Officer(s) to carry through the resolutions of the Motion, and collaborate/get relevant input from affiliate Unions who also make up the Zone (for example, our Guild’s VP Welfare would attend conferences and communicate with the Welfare Zone).

Motions are divided into what ‘Conference Believes’, which ideologically ground or support with evidence the motion, and ‘Conference Resolves’, which set out the action to be taken by NUS towards achieving the goals of the motion (which often involve research/reporting, campaigning/lobbying certain groups, bodies or areas of interest for the sake of NUS’ members/students/education in general.

Amendments to Motions come either in the form of ‘Add Amendments’ (denoted ‘+ Amendment’) which add points of belief or resolution to the main motion, ‘Delete Amendments (‘- Amendment’) which remove points from the main motion, or include a mix of both (‘-/+Amendment’).
Amendments are voted on separately and if passed, are integrated accordingly into the main motion.
Amendments can substantively change the spirit of a motion, hence why you’ll see sometimes in my intentions that I may be Against a motion in its original form, but For an amendment to it.
This would mean that I would be in support for the motion on the whole, were the amendment to pass.

Zones:

200 – Further Education (FE)
300 – Higher Education (HE)

400 – Society & Citizenship
500 – Union Development
600 – Welfare

also
700 – AGM Proposals

as well as
Officer Candidates

The motions can be viewed in whole below, the links above will be updated when the relevant post/voting intentions have been released.

As it stands i’ve only really included justifications for my voting intentions where I intend to vote Against/in Abstention from a motion – if you have any questions or queries on my intentions in general, or if you want any clarification on NUS/Conference then either comment below or email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

Edit 4/4 – The individual pages are being updated to reflect the changes made to order and content of the motions between the Draft version and the Final version (which is embedded below now).

NUS Conference motions 2013

Peace,

Azfar