Motions

Motion Submission for National Conference iopens on 3 December 2019. The deadline to submit Motions is 28 February 2019 12 noon

Before you submit a Motion make sure to check NUS Live Policy to ensure you don't duplicate existing Policy. 

Before you submit a Motion you will need the following information:

Union Details
✅ Your NUS Secure Code (issued annually to your President and CEO)
✅ Your name and contact details
✅ Contact details of two Student Officers preferably the lead elected officer (President) and officers attending National Conference as delegates
✅ Details of which democratic process you used to agree your Motion

Motion Details
✅ Agree which Zone your Motion falls into
✅ Check your Motion doesn't duplicate Live Policy of NUS
✅ Count up the word count of each individual Motion
✅ Ensure the total length of your motions don't exceed 1,400 words
✅ Give a title to your motion which summarises what it is about
✅ Split the text into 'NUS Believes', 'NUS Further Believes' and 'NUS Resolves'

What is a motion?

A motion is a proposed policy. It states what we believe about an issue, and the action we will take. Any students’ union that is affiliated to NUS can submit a motion or amendment to National Conference.

Motions are discussed and debated at National Conference and then voted on.

If more than half of delegates at National Conference vote for a motion or amendment it will become policy.

 

What is an amendment?

Students’ unions have a chance to submit an amendment that either adds to, deletes or replaces text in a Zone Proposal or discusses a new idea in a motion.

 

Writing an amendment

Amendments can suggest three actions

Add: Add some text to the motion, for example if you can think of a great way to campaign on an issue you can add this to the resolves of a Zone Proposal.

Replace: Replace some of the text in the motion. For example, if the motion states that there are 200 Colleges in the UK, and you know that there are 370 Colleges, you can replace this line.

Delete: You can’t delete the whole motion! But you can write an amendment to remove specific lines if you’d like to.

In an Amendment you need to identify which lines you are amending, for example:

‘Replace Believes 2 with: There are 370 colleges in the UK’