NUS Liberation Campaigns
These campaign for the rights of students who belong to, or are perceived as belonging to, a particular social group.
The four campaigns are convened by officers elected at autonomous conferences, who work throughout the year to provide support to officers in individual students’ unions and campaign at a national level on behalf of their members.
Direct involvement in liberation is open to anyone represented by that particular campaign. Those involved with the LGBT, Disabled Students’ or Black Students’ Campaigns self-define as an individual within these groups in order to participate. Women’s Campaign activities are only open to women.
Black Students' Campaign
The NUS Black Students’ Campaign is the largest organisation of Black students in Europe representing students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean descent. They campaign to raise awareness of issues affecting Black students at a local and national level.
To get involved in the Campaign you can attend the winter (training) and summer (policy) conferences, campaign ideas, resources and advice on activating your students. You can also attend the clubs and societies training days, or Black Women’s, Black LGBT and Black Disabled students days. Individual students and all union officers can contact the Campaign for help in developing Black groups, for diversity training, or campaign materials, advice and speakers. They also produce a monthly e-newsletter which you can sign up to on the Black Campaign section of the NUS Connect website (this section of the website is open to everyone).
Disabled Students' Campaign
The NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign is the largest single organisation in the UK run by disabled students, for disabled students. They fight for the rights of all disabled people and raise awareness about the issues disabled students face in everyday life.
The campaign holds a Disabled Students’ Conference every year, usually in the spring. This gives disabled students from all over the country a chance to take part in debates on the policy of the campaign and to elect the Disabled Students’ Committee. There are places for 2 open representatives, 2 womens’ representative, a black representative, an international representative and for a LGBT representative. This committee makes sure the Disabled Students’ Officer is keeping to what was decided at Conference throughout the year, and to help the campaign.
LGBT Students Campaign
They are the largest democratic movement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students in Europe and exist to defend and promote the rights of all LGBT students in the UK. The campaign combats homophobia, biphobia and transphobia on campus and in wider society, and fight under-representation through empowerment and training of LGBT students.
In November the campaign holds Activist Training Days in every English region, Scotland and Wales. The training days contain a variety of training sessions and workshops from how to run LGBT campaigns on campus, support LGBT societies, and how to get involved with the campaigns of NUS LGBT.
Each Summer they hold their annual conference which is attended by over 300 LGBT delegates from unions all over the country. This is where the national committee and officers are elected and conference debates and votes on policy for the campaign for the coming year.
The NUS Women’s Campaign exists to represent and empower women students, to combat sexism in all its forms and to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued. It is an autonomous campaign within the NUS. This means that its policy is debated and decided upon only by self defining women members and the campaign is led entirely by women.
All the information on the Conference and Elections of the LGBT, Womens, Black Students and Disabled Students Campaigns