The Students' Union represents your needs through a host of national organisations and bodies, and liaises with the network of other students’ unions to join together to ensure that the needs of students collectively are addressed nationally.

National Union of Students

NUS (National Union of Students) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions. They are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through their member students' unions, the NUS represent the interests of more than seven million students.

The diversity of its membership is NUS' strength. Collectively, students through their students’ unions invest in a national movement, able to assist individual students and students’ unions in taking control of their educational lives, campaigning to defend and improve their rights nationally.

In addition, NUS provides an infrastructure that helps individual students’ unions to undertake their own work supported by the research it carries out, the training, advice and information it offers, the materials it produces and the documents it publishes.

NUS’ vision it to be a pioneering, innovative and powerful campaigning organisation: the definitive national voice of students. NUS aims to fight barriers to education, empower students to shape both a quality learning experience and the world around them, supporting influential, democratic and well-resourced students’ unions.

University of Bath Students’ Union affiliates to the National Union of Students, attends conferences and events, and participates in activities to ensure the voice of Bath students is heard nationally.

Find out more about what your Students’ Union is doing within NUS and the national student movement!

Government

The Students’ Union liaises regularly with our local Member of Parliament, Don Foster, regarding issues students are currently facing including topics such as tuition fees and International Student visas.

Your Student Officers also meet with key figures from the UK government to discuss key issues for students and to represent the views raised by Bath students. Officers and staff members sit on national advisory panels, committees and conferences which deal with topical matters or sector wide activities.

Find out more about your local MP and how to contact them

Groups and Organisations

The Students' Union has a number of Student Groups and Societies which represent the needs of a wide variety of students to a host of organisations and groups.

BUCS

British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) holds regular events and conferences which your Sports Officer attends to ensure that the needs of Bath students who take part in sporting fixtures are represented

Contact the Sport Officer on susport@bath.ac.uk for more information

Your National Conference Delegates This Year

Brad Baines

National Conference Delegate btb24@bath.ac.uk

I’m a Second-Year Politics and International Relations Student and Chair of the Debating Society as well as Treasurer of the Golf Club. I stood to be a NUS National Conference Delegate, as I believe that it is important for students to system and a fairer society!

The main issues I will pursue at NUS National Conference, as per my Manifesto, are ensuring the NUS fights for Free Education, against marketisation of Higher Education and campaigns as well as mobilises our collective strength to make university more affordable.

I am interested however, in hearing your views. What are you concerned about?

Ellen Edenbrow

National Conference Delegate ele24@bath.ac.uk

My name is Ellen Edenbrow and I'm in final year, studying Sport & Social Sciences. I took on this role now as during my four years at Uni, I have experienced and witnessed SU politics in a range of spectrums, most commonly LGBT+ matters. This year I decided to run to be a national delegate as I've had the experience of two other conferences and believe I am now prepared to not only understand better but to make a bigger difference for Bath Uni students.

Daniel Murillo Antuna

National Conference Delegate dm648@bath.ac.uk

Hi! I’m Daniel, one of this year’s delegates for the NUS National Conference. I’m a third year psychology student and currently the Chair of the International Students’ Association (ISA). I’ve been actively involved in the SU since the first month of my freshers year because I like helping people. It’s my passion and the reason why I wake up every day. I’ve been gradually taking on bigger roles, and now I’m really happy to be able to have national impact.

As a normal student, I know how difficult it is to deal with fees, course quality, university services, mental health, diversity and inclusivity. There are so many barriers that haven’t been taken down yet. As an international student, I know how difficult the label “international” can be, as it implies having even more barriers. I volunteered to be a delegate because I have experienced both worlds. I know how painful the marketisation of our education is. We are not a commodity nor is our education. Moreover, I know how exclusive mental health services can be, especially if you’re an international student. There is still so much to fight for. Universities haven’t mastered how to use their resources effectively yet, and this is what I want to tackle! I have many ideas, but I want to represent YOU. Please get in touch. I’m happy to discuss how we can improve the university that we love.

Joanna Phillips

National Conference Delegate jp812@bath.ac.uk

Hi I’m Joanna, and I’m a second year politics student. I went to national and LGBT+ conference last year and had a blast so I’m going again this year. My main concerns are making sure that policy passes which will benefit Bath students, putting forward sensible opinions on antisemitism that occupy a middle ground between ‘antisemitism doesn’t exist’ and ‘the NUS is basically the Third Reich’ and to try and get more Bath students engaged in national student politics. Get in touch if you want to chat about any particular candidates or policy!

Aya Elghajiji

International Students’ Conference Delegate ae364@bath.ac.uk

My name is Aya Elghajiji and I’m a final year Molecular and Cellular Biology student. I also serve as the 2016/17 Vice Chair of the International Students’ Association (ISA).

My role as the VC of the ISA motivated me to become an International Students’ delegate as I wish to represent the views and opinions of the International Student’s at Bath on a national level. I’m interested in a number of policy areas with specific interest in International Students’ mental health status.

I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments and campaign ideas.

Julie Marange

Women Students’ Conference Delegate

I am Chair of the Gender Equality Group at the University of Bath. I chose to take on this position, as I wanted to liaise with my fellow students on matters that affected our practical lives, and represent their views on national level. It is also a way to guarantee that gender equality becomes more than words on paper. Please find attached two pictures for the presentation. Please choose the one you find most suitable.

Hannah Durkin

Disabled Students’ Conference Delegate hfd24@bath.ac.uk

My name is Hannah Durkin and I'm a second year psychology student. In my first year I was so grateful to receive disability help from staff and other students at the University of Bath and, for the most part, my experiences have been great. However, I do believe that the University and the NUS could do more to support disabled students, especially those with invisible disabilities. Feel free to contact me at any time!

Adam Kearns

Postgraduate Students’ Conference Delegate supostgrad@bath.ac.uk @BathSUPG

I am the Postgraduate Officer at Bath SU and previously did a taught masters in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. I stood as Postgraduate Students’ Conference Delegate because alongside my work on campus I have seen numerous issues on a national level, especially within NUS, which should be changed to help postgrads.

In particular I want to see NUS providing support to SU’s that want a postgraduate officer, an increase in research around issues affecting postgrads, a full-time Postgraduate Officer within the NUS hierarchy, and a national networking event for postgraduate officers.

Joe Dervan

Mature and PT Student Conference Delegate jd851@bath.ac.uk

Hello, my name's Joe and I'm a politics student from Northern Ireland. As a mature student who lives with several other mature students, I'm aware of the unique issues older people undertake when they enroll in higher education. It's for this reason I've chosen to be a delegate, to represent these unique needs at the NUS conference, so I can help my friends, and all the other old biddies enrolled in Bath.

Want to get involved?

There are a huge number of ways you can get involved in national activities! To find out more, contact SUofficers@bath.ac.uk and tell us what you are interested in.