National Conference 2013 | Arrangements

Registration is now open for the National Campaign against Fees and Cuts Conference on the 23rd and 24th November in Birmingham.

Venue Information: This year’s National Conference will be held in Birmingham, hosted by Birmingham Broad Left at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students. on the 23rd and 24th of November. The conference will begin promptly at 11am on the Saturday and will continue until around 6pm on the Sunday. Please see here for information about venue accessibility. A quiet space will also be allocated for the duration of the event.

Motions and amendments: Motions were published on Friday 15th November and amendments were  accepted until 8pm Monday 18th November. The window for the submission of emergency motions will close just before the beginning for the first motions debate at Saturday 23rd November 1:00pm.

The procedure for submitting emergency motions is the same as submitting ordinary motions. They must be submitted by local groups. You can send them via email to [email protected]

Emergency motions must address a matter that only became apparent after the motion deadline (6pm Thursday 14th November). They cannot reflect motions that have already been submitted. The secretariat will rule what is or isn’t an emergency.

View and download the motions document.
View and download a large format motions document.

Amendments should be submitted by email to [email protected] they may be submitted by local groups or individual members of the campaign. There is no set format for motions, though they should summarise your arguments and specify some positions or action to be taken.

Agenda, workshops and running order: The full agenda has been published below. Speakers will be confirmed in due course. The following list is subject to change but should give you an idea of what kind of sessions and discussions to expect at this year’s conference:

1. Plenary: where should student activists focus this year
2. Zero tolerance: eliminating low pay, casualisation and precarity in our education system
3. Why do national strikes never seem to win?
4. How to support workers’ struggles on campus
5. The rent is too damn high! Launching a national offensive on student housing
6. International students’ fightback
7. Student struggles in Egypt
8. What strategy in the fight against racism and fascism?
9. Privilege, intersectionality and fighting oppression
10. How can we make NUS and SUs fight for students?
11. Fighting militarism on campus
12. Climate change and extreme energy
13. Radical Ideas on Campus
14. Guest Speaker: Noam Gur

Saturday Workshop / Session / Event
11h00 Registration Opens
11h45 Opening Plenary
13h00 Lunch
13h30 Workshops: Radical Ideas on Campus | International Students Fightback | How to support workers’ struggles on campus | Fighting Militarism on Campus
15h00 Break
15h15 Black Power Caucus
15h45 Workshops: Why do national strikes never seem to win? | Privilege, intersectionality and fighting oppression | Climate change and extreme energy | How can we make NUS and SUs fight for students?
16h45 Break
17h00 LGBT Caucus
17h30 Workshops: Student Struggles in Egypt | Low pay and precarity | The rent is too damn high! A national offensive on student housing | What strategy in the fight against racism and facism?
18h30 Break
18h45 Guest Speaker: Noam Gur
20h00 Social
Sunday Workshop / Session / Event
10h00 Plenary Discussion: Strikes
10h30 Plenary Discussion: Debt
11h00 NC Report and Questions
11h15 Break
11h30 Disabled Caucus
12h00 Motions
13h00 Lunch
13h40 Motions
14h30 Women’s Caucus
15h00 Break
15h15 National Commitee Elections
16h15 Closing Plenary
16h30 Close

Accommodation: Provisional accommodation allocations will be made at least three days before the event. You will receive an email detailing any arrangements that have been made for you if you registered in advance. Any changes to arrangements or late registrations will be allocated accommodation at the start of the event.

Elections: Information about elections will be announced in the opening plenary. Nominations will open at 11am Saturday 23rd November and will remain open until 5:00pm. You must be a member of the Campaign in order to stand for election. You cannot hold positions on both the National Committee and the Secretariat.

Social: A social event on the Saturday Evening has been organised. Details will be published shortly. Check the home page and the Facebook event for updates.