NUS stands for The National Union of Students. It’s a voluntary membership organisation which aims to make a real difference to the lives of students and its members: Students' Unions. It has 600 Students' Unions in their confederation, which amounts to more than 95% of all higher and further education Student Unions in the UK. This means that with it's partnerships it can reach and represent the interests of more than seven million students!
NUS encourages and helps us to shape the future of education – and create a better world. It helps us promote, defend and extend student rights. It also aids us in fighting discrimination, isolation and injustice. Through information and national action, it strives to make sure students can thrive.
NUS Policy Zones
It has 5 Policy zones that all work is focused on:
Society and Citizenship
The role of each zone is to lead a portfolio of work, enable in-depth, wide-ranging research and discussion on issues important to students, and deliver campaigns and work programmes relevant to that area.
Each Zone is led by a Vice President elected at the NUS National Conference and a committee elected at the Zone Conference held in late October.
In addition to policy zones there are four liberation campaigns that exist autonomously within NUS:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans
Being autonomous means each liberation campaign hosts their own annual conference and determines their own policy.
We attend a number of conferences and training sessions with NUS each year. The NUS also provide us with development and strategic advice and support.
To find out more about NUS, visit: www.nus.org.uk