NUS National President Zamzam Ibrahim
Message from Zamzam Ibrahim, NUS President, 3 July 2019
I’m Zamzam Ibrahim, NUS President, and it’s officially my first week on the job! What an absolutely honour, privilege, and incredible opportunity it is to lead NUS over the next year.
Over the summer we’ll be seeing a lot of you at events and in your students’ unions, but in my first week I want to first say hello and secondly to give you an insight to the year ahead.
I’ve served in the student movement a while now, as both a sabbatical officer at the University of Salford Students’ Union, and as Vice President Society and Citizenship at NUS last year. Through these experiences I’ve come to love what our students’ unions can do for students and appreciate the role NUS has in supporting students’ unions.
And like all students’ unions we’re spending the summer planning for the year ahead.
Last week me and the fulltime officer team met to work on our priorities for the year ahead. My agenda for the year ahead is simple and I have two priorities:
The first is to see NUS through transition effectively. As President and Chair of the Board I’m going to lead NUS beyond safety and to the new NUS. There’s so much we can achieve with a reformed NUS - there are so many students who need us to succeed - and together we are going to build a new NUS, which is in students’ unions and winning for students every day.
Secondly, with the officer team I’ll be running a campaign that our whole sector can get on board with. We need to get students’ unions back together, working on the issues which can transform our students lives. For me, that’s the creation of a National Education Service, with education and life long learning free from ‘cradle-to-grave’.
Finally, I want to reflect on how far we’ve come. Last year NUS got to safety and saw reform approved, all thanks to the incredible efforts of students’ unions, staff, and officers. We’ve got through a difficult hurdle, but we can’t relax. Together we will continue to make bold decisions to sustain our national union for the future generation of students.
I can’t quite tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to lead our amazing movement over the next 12 months. Everyone who works in this sector does so because they believe students can transform education and society as well.
At a time when we are seeing a rise in people powered politics, we have the opportunity to harness the energy of 7 million students to build a better world. Let’s seize it.
See you all soon!