Tuesday, 2 April 2013
A Summary of All #nusnc13 Motions
The list was originally compiled by Anthony Masters and posted on his twitter feed. I've renumbered the motions and ordered the zones correctly so that you can see the order the motions will be debated in.
You can see the full text of the motions in the official final motions document (CD10).
Bold - Zones
Italics - amendments
Zone 100: Priority
Recommendation 101 wants the NUS to develop a "Vision for Education", and trust between stakeholders.
Zone 600: Welfare
Recommendation 601 wants "to support SUs fighting cuts to welfare services on their campuses"; & support for mental health issues.
Amendment 601a adds that the NUS should produce guides for working with welfare issues, as they do for educational/academic issues.
Amendment 601b adds that "independent advice services are vital", & opposes all cuts to advice services.
Recommendation 602 believes student financial support is critically important, supports an adjusted EMA and bursaries.
Amendment 602a adds that SUs should be supported in campaigns for institutional spending on student financial hardship.
Amendment 602b opposes "legal loan sharks" and supports credit unions, including Students' Unions setting up their own.
Amendment 602c resolves the NUS should launch a 'Bring Back EMA Battle Plan', including direct action.
Recommendation 603 wants to "examine issues students face in relation to quality of accommodation", working with Shelter.
Amendment 603a wants to mandate the VP Welfare and their zone looks at Students' Union Letting Agencies.
Amendment 603b wishes to implement a national 'Rate your Landlord' campaign, drawing upon good practice from SUs.
Amendment 603c resolves "to produce campaign materials and a charter of demands – inc. that no one should pay over £100 a week".
Recommendation 604 notes cost increases in student accommodation, & lobbies for "fair & transparent" approach to student debt.
Recommendation 605 resolves "to monitor the impact of public health reforms and changes to police and crime commissioning."
Motion 611 resolves to "lobby for access to sexual health services to be free for all students"; solidarity with Women's Campaign.
Motion 612 seeks to reduce public stigma and discrimination surrounding issues of mental health; opposes cuts to welfare services.
Amendment 612a believes "students should not have to choose between sitting an assessment, & submitting extenuating circumstances."
Motion 613 resolves "to campaign for part-time students to be exempt from paying council tax".
Motion 614 wants transport to be "fair, safe, affordable", with late lectures having flexible times & caps on late-night bus fares.
Motion 615 believes that teacher trainees require more flexibility from universities, with open campus services.
Motion 616 opposes 'lad culture': "Universities should put their female students’ rights before the simple aim of making profit".
Motion 617 believes arts students are likely to "experience high pressure, intense critique & long hours", & seeks better support.
Motion 618 wants the NUS to survey its students on drug policy, and then align itself with groups with the same aims.
Motion 619 resolves "NUS lobby universities to increase English Language support to international students", foster integration.
Zones 200 & 300: Further Education & Higher Education
Recommendation 201 seeks to heal the "divide" between Further Education and Higher Education, under one government department.
Recommendation 202 wants the NUS to continue the #No2FEfees campaign and obtain expanded financial support for FE students.
Recommendation 203 believes the NUS should campaign to increase apprentice pay, and create a work experience charter.
Recommendation 204 wants the NUS to produce a "UK-wide guide to qualifications" and campaign for a central FE-HE admissions system.
Motion 211 says the NUS should "oppose immigration rules restricting international students' right to work", & up spending on FE.
Motion 212 wants the NUS "to recognise FE students as Mature at the age of 19" & ensure adequate support for such students.
Recommendation 301 wants the NUS to continue its campaign on the public value of education, & targets for widening participation.
Amendment 301a believes the NUS should highlight the economic value of Higher Education.
Amendment 301b thinks the NUS needs to build a "network of allies" to win the public argument of the value of tertiary education.
Amendment 301c has the same aim (winning the argument on education), and wants SUs to "embed themselves" within local communities.
Recommendation 302 says HE institutions are "communities", SUs should be engaged; join with trades unions to oppose privitisation.
Amendment 302a focusses on 'students as producers' campaigns, rejects false calls for 'partnership' as controlling student voice.
Amendment 302b wants students to 'Take Back your Campus', in favour of "democratic university governance".
Recommendation 303 wants SUs to work with institutions to "develop retention & success strategies", as well as peer mentor schemes.
Recommendation 304 wants to develop "full-costed alternatives" to tuition fees, that will create education "accessible to all".
Amendment 304a wants the NUS to campaign for free education, with "state investment", as opposed to a graduate tax.
Amendment 304b seeks the revival of EMA, cancellation of all student debt, incl. a year of "protests, direct action & occupations".
Amendment 304c wants the NUS to campaign for no cuts, living grants for all students, & "student support for workers' struggles".
Motion 311 wants the NUS to consult on & review the National Student Survey, & oppose calls to boycott it.
Amendment 311a believes the NSS should be boycotted, as it is "a tool to implement cuts and privitisation".
Motion 312 opposes "xenophobic immigration policy", & seeks the repeal of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999.
Amendment 312a wants to add that Post Study Work visa should be reinstated.
Motion 313 wants the NUS to formally adopt its own postgraduate taught funding proposal, with a cap on postgraduate fees.
Motion 314 highlights that a third of postgraduates are "earning below the minimum wage in real terms", & seeks remedies.
Motion 315 wants the NUS to develop an accreditation scheme for placements.
Motion 316 wishes timetabling to become a priority for the HE zone committee.
Motion 317 wishes to investigate a Grade Point Average, instead of the British degree classification system.
Motion 318 wants a cap for international students' fees, which should not increase over the study period.
Motion 319 wants arts education to be placed on the same level as STEM subjects, calling their de-funding "shameful".
Motion 320 wants universities to "remain at the centre of Initial Teacher Education", rather than schools.
Amendment 320a believes there should be a national campaign "against the closures of PGCEs with teaching trade unions".
Motion 321 wants the NUS to recognise HE students that are currently in FE colleges, who are between different NUS zones.
Motion 322 wants the NUS to discuss funding plans for 5-year medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) students with relevant ministers.
Motion 323 wants to investigate issues over clearing and confirmation of students, providing support where possible.
Motion 324 believes that undergraduate research projects should focus on "tangible challenges faced by local communities".
Motion 325 believes the NUS should collect information on student demographics, the "student life cycle" and drop-out causes.
Motion 326 opposes companies being able to award qualifications: McDonalds as being one of the 1st such companies is "appalling".
Motion 327 seeks an investigation of the effects of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on life-long learning.
Zone 500: Union Development
Recommendation 501 wants the NUS to highlight student activities, such as volunteering, including through an 'NUS giving' award.
Amendment 501a believes the NUS should explore the benefits of a 'Vice President Student Activities'.
Amendment 501b adds that the NUS should research best practice in training and facilitating part-time officers.
Amendment 501c believes the "NUS will create guidance and training for SUs in supporting their Student Activity Groups".
Recommendation 502 wants guides for engagement in independent, autonomous and student-led Students' Union.
Amendment 502a believes that "personal progression of individual unions" should be sought, rather than standardised assessment.
Amendment 502b wants to continue to support direct action by students, "including demonstrations and occupations".
Amendment 502c wants only elected students to be full voting members of Trustee Boards.
Recommendation 503 wants the NUS to "roll-out a programme of regional Organiser & Activist Academics", to "empower" students.
Amendment 503a adds "activist and leadership development should be a priority for NUS regardless of calls for national actions".
Amendment 503b believes that those students involved in sports, societies & volunteering would support more campaigning.
Motion 511 believes that a mentoring scheme for current officers, using former officers, should be investigated.
Motion 512 opposes "the existence of Trustee Boards", in a campaign for SU democracy.
Motion 513 wants "proper support and advice to help students with developmental disabilities and specific learning disabilities".
Motion 514 supports 'Plain English' in "student-facing documents".
Motion 515 believes that "specialist unions deserve specialist support", especially in arts.
Zone 400: Society & Citizenship
Recommendation 401 wants to "build a road-map" for campaigning in the 2015 General Election, esp. voter registration.
Amendment 401a believes that the NUS's vision should be "rooted in communities", and backs a Living Wage campaign.
Recommendation 402 backs lowering the voting age to 16.
Amendment 402a believes the NUS should promote "sit-ins" of 16-17 year-old students at "ballot stations".
Recommendation 403 wants the NUS to back "ethical sourcing", & provide guidance on Freedom of Information requests.
Amendment 403a wants universities to affiliate with the Worker Rights Consortium, & divest from 'unethical' companies.
Amendment 403b wants the NUS to lobby to remove VAT from sanitary products.
Recommendation 404 wants to campaign, including "direct action", against tax avoidance, & investigate how tax affects education.
Recommendation 405 wishes to conduct research into child poverty, and back the Living Wage campaign.
Amendment 405a wants a minimum wage of £8.55, "benefits you can live on", "taxing the rich & expropriating the banks".
Motion 411 believes that the NUS should oppose local council grant reductions "within student towns & cities".
Motion 412 wishes to establish a NUS 'seal of approval' for employers, & to research issues surrounding unemployment.
Amendment 412a adds that a NUS commission on unemployment should be brought into being, and be "on-going".
Motion 413 wants to "work with partners" to mobilise the youth vote around elections and referenda, with "liberation education".
Motion 414 supports "compulsory comprehensive Sex & Relation Education in schools".
Motion 415 resolves "to adopt a pragmatic and progressive approach to opposing cuts and privatisation of our health care system".
Amendment 415a wants the NUS to "support the Keep Our NHS Public campaign" and support strikes by NHS workers.
Motion 416 resolves "to actively challenge racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism" & maintain the No Platform policy.
Amendment 416a wants to unite "workers and communities for demands to undercut the demagogy of the far right".
Motion 417 condemns government for not setting an electricity decarbonisation 2030 target; seeks tough action on climate change.
Motion 418 opposes the "so called" 'bedroom tax'.
Motion 419 wants the NUS to "oppose the war on Mali and western intervention in Syria, Africa and the Middle East"; scrap Trident.
Motion 420 resolves that the NUS "will join and lead national campaigns to protect and advance the arts."
Motion 421 believes that the state should "intervene" to stop people using drugs, but seeks an "evidence-based drug policy".
Motion 422 calls on the UK government to ratify the International Convention of the Rights of Migrants and their Families.
Motion 423 believes the NUS should join the "global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel".
Motion 424 wants the NUS to organise a delegation to Greece, and to interview Greek students.
Motion 425 wants the NUS to oppose campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.
Motion 426 wishes the government & universities extend support to Syrian students.
Motion 427 wishes to mandate that NUS UK remains neutral on the issue of Scottish independence "for the entirety of the debate".
Motion 428 wishes to co-ordinate the NUS & SUs with trades unions; calls for a student strike whenever there is a 'general strike'.
The following motions in this zone have not been listed in the motions document, but appeared in the draft version. They are included here for information.
Motion 429 resolves "NUS will factor whether electronic products contain conflict minerals in future purchasing decisions."
Motion 430 wants to "outline the minimum quality standards for careers guidance in schools".
Zone 700: Annual General Meeting
Challenge CTE1 wants to increase the NEC budget by £35,000, with an equal decrease of the contingency line.
Recommendation 701 states "in the event that the previously elected VP is not a woman this position shall be reserved for a woman".
Recommendation 702 mandates the National President reviews the remit of each Zone, which are resolved for expansion.
Amendment 702a resolves to abolish Zone Conferences, which are "unrepresentative".
Recommendation 703 resolves the Block of 15 should be allocated "a principal scrutiny duty"; creates Comms & Ethical committees.
Amendment 703a expands the Block of 15 to a Block of 20, scrapping Zone seats on the NEC.
Amendment 703b bars "unelected non-students" from voting on the Trustee Board.
Amendment 703c demands that NEC members can be "held to account", with "consequences for their actions".
Recommendation 704 raises the threshold for procedural and parts motions being discussed, from 100 to one third of those present.
Amendment 704a preserves the ability to contribute to all zones of the NUS, retaining the 1,400 word limit.
Amendment 704b wishes to restore the delegate entitlements to 2009 levels, making the conference larger.
Amendment 704c wants to extend the national conference by a day.
Amendment 704d would equalise Zones with Constituent Members, removing their power to place recommendations at the agenda's start.
Amendment 704e wants 'one fifth of those present' to signal support for a procedural motion to be discussed.
Amendment 704f commits to the principle of "direct One Member One Vote" elections for President, Vice Presidents and Block.
Recommendation 705 wants a creation of a London student structure "to capture, synthesise & amplify the voices of London students".
Amendment 705a resolves to "lobby the University of London not to cut ULU".
Recommendation 706 resolves conferences should elect their National Executive Council members.
Amendment 706a resolves the "student section shall have the right to report directly to National Conference".
Amendment 706b resolves "NEC to produce a report on how to get more part time students to national events including NC".
Amendment 706c wishes to consider a Student Carers' Conference, or separate representation for student carers within the NUS.
Recommendation 707 seeks a "fairer distribution of power amongst unions", & power devolution in the NUS Group Structure.
Recommendation 708 resolves that submitted motions about a person "include robust evidence... and is not defamatory".
Motion 711 believes richer unions should pay a higher proportion in affiliation fees, & lobby for "legally enforceable autonomy".
Motion 712 resolves for the NUS to develop a "strategy based on collective power" to rely less on entertainments revenue.
Motion 713 wants to omit tactics and strategies from the submission of motions, citing recent national demonstrations.
Motion 714 believes that the NUS should represent apprentices.
Motion 715: "NUS Delegate elections should be considered of equal importance in Students’ Unions to Sabbatical Officer positions."
Motion 716 seeks to reserve delegation places for black students.
Motion 717 wishes to change the law so that those in FE colleges under the age of 16 can be represented by the NUS.
And that's yer lot folks! Any mistakes, let me know.