NUS Scotland Disabled Students' Conference 2017 #NUSScotdsc

Missed out on NUS Scotland's Disabled Students' Conference? Catch-up on all that happened by reading our round-up below.

NUS UK Disabled Students’ Officer James Elliott welcomed delegates and opened the event.

Following opening remarks, we welcomed Inclusion Scotland to talk about their Access to Politics work.

Following lunch and an accountability report from Disabled Students’ Committee, it was time to elect the new Disabled Students’ Officer. There was one candidate, Lainey McKinley, and delegates also had the option of re-opening nominations.

Lainey was elected and will take up post on 1st July 2017.

Next on the agenda was motions. An amendment to the rules submitted by Disabled Students’ Committee was passed, this brought the campaign’s rules in line with NUS Scotland’s governing rules. Policies that were due to lapse on disabled-friendly student unions, better support and access for carers in further and higher education, and to lobby for the NHS wheelchair service were retained.

Further elections then took place for Disabled Students’ Committee and Steering Committee. First up was Disabled Students’ Committee, for which there was four candidates.

Then it was time to elect Steering Committee.

The results were as follows:

Campaign Committee

Eli Blyth

Caroline Hicks

Jenna Mitchell

Chloe-Lynette Winning

Steering Committee

John Hein

Ezra Wilson

Delegates then had the opportunity to listen to NUS UK Disabled Students’ Officer James Elliott’s report and to ask questions about the Disabled Students’ Campaign’s UK-level work.

It was time for the last break of the conference which was a great opportunity for delegates to have their photo taken with our ‘Our Community Too’ selfie frame.

The last session of the day was a workshop helping delegates to develop a campaign.

In this session delegates explored the current issues affecting disabled students in getting into college or university, being supported to stay in education and in getting on into work or further study. After identifying the barriers disabled students face delegates groups looked at what action we can take to campaign for change.

Disabled Students’ Officer-elect closed conference and invited delegates outside to take a group photo.

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