NUS Scotland Women's Conference 2017 #NUSScotwom

Missed NUS Scotland Women's Conference 2017? Don't worry we've got it covered in this round up. Keep scrolling to find out all the action from the elections and the debates that took place on Conference floor.

Angela Alexander, NUS Scotland Women's Officer 2016/17 formally opened Conference and welcomed delegates.

Next in the agenda it was time to discuss policy that had been submitted by college and university students' associations and NUS Scotland Women's Committee.

Steering Committee members who chaired the policy debate.

Delegates discussed policy to change the rules for NUS Scotland Women's campaign to become more in line with those that govern NUS Scotland. Further policy discussion included access to safe abortions in all parts of Scotland, increasing availability of medical examiners for women, improvements in reporting mechanisms and support for students affected by harassment and abuse.

Delegates reaffirmed their commitment to supporting women's officers in students' associations and nationally by passing policy to create resources to support women's officers to defend their role and to campaign to keep the full-time women's officer position in the Nations whilst also fighting for part-time liberation officers.

This year there were two candidates standing to become the next NUS Scotland Women's Officer, a full-time officer role. Shuwanna Aaron, a student at the University of Edinburgh and NUS Scotland Black Students' Officer stood against Maria Roberts, Vice President Higher Education at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Delegates also had the option of voting to re-open nominations.

Delegates voted to elect Shuwanna Aaron as NUS Scotland Women's Officer 2017/18. Shuwanna will take over from Angela as NUS Scotland Women's Officer on 1 July 2017.

#InspireHerFuture has been the priority work of NUS Scotland Women's Committee this year. #InspireHerFuture is our campaign to inspire and empower women students in areas where they are under-represented. Angela talked about the successes of the campaign including an #InspireHerFuture event held earlier in the year for aspiring women leaders and the work done to engage students in Gender Action Plans. The campaign also gathered together case studies of inspiring women students, with some of the videos being premiered at NUS Scotland Women's Conference.

The first video is from Elaine who is a student at West College Scotland and returned to education as a mature student with a change of career, she may have found it difficult along the way but she continues to inspire everyone around her.

Laura is a City of Glasgow College student who continues to inspire me and others around her with her passion and drive and has just been awarded with an Interconnect award for the work she does to encourage others into STEM.

Jenna is a Vice President at Dundee and Angus College Students Association and has overcome so many barriers to reach her goals and lets nothing get in her way. She is a true inspiration to many in the student movement.

Introducing the next video, Angela said "Kayleigh is a sports student at Ayrshire College and has had some amazing achievements at such a young age. From the day I met Kayleigh she made me realise that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything, she is truly inspirational and I wish her all the success in the world."

The final video was from Kim Schintgen, originally from Luxemburg Kim currently studies at the University of Aberdeen has had an amazing journey in sport and is the President of the Basketball Club

Further elections took place to elect NUS Scotland Women's Committee and Steering Committee. Results will be announced later in the week on NUS Connect.

During the afternoon delegates heard from Emma Ritch, Director of Engender about continuing the fight for equality and took part in workshops about the experience of student parents, student carers and a leadership workshop.

Delegates also showed their support for NUS Scotland's local council election campaign Our Community Too which calls for council tax exemption for apprentices, better housing standards for students and for student parents to be consulted on the roll out of additional childcare hours.

Thank you everyone that came to #NUSSCOTWOM!

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