How We Represent Students

Our educational priorities are shaped by our members, through our work with students’ unions on the issues that affect students’ education.

We also represent students to government and national organisations throughout the UK education sector. These are organisations that represent universities and colleges, that carry out policy initiatives on behalf of government or undertake a key function in education. Some of these organisations work across all four nations, while others only work in England and Wales or have a separate body for each Nation.

Our role is to ensure that students are listened to and their interests are represented in the policy development and processes of organisations who work in education.

Education Policy in Development

In April each year NUS National Conference votes to decide our policy positions and priorities. National Conference policy brought by Zone Committees goes through a process of policy development and consultation before it is submitted for amendment and voting by National Conference.

The policy development process ensures that Zone Committee policies are drawn from the evidence and subject to debate among students’ unions so they are as representative of the consensus view as possible.