National Trans Students' Conference 2017

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Your LGBT Students’ Officer Jack Waitt, attended the first ever NUS National Trans Students’ Conference. See below Jacks intake on the whole conference…

 

I attended the NUS National Trans Students’ Conference Tuesday 7 March 2017, which is where the first ever Trans Students’ Officer would be elected. I ended up being late to the conference due to me getting dates confused, but I did make it!

Due to being late I managed to make the last three motions and vote on them on behalf of the University of Gloucestershire student members. I was glad to see all applause was done with sign language to accommodate for those who have sensory issues.

NUS provided lunch which was good, although there wasn't much scope for people to get to know each other. It would have been nice to have a room where people could play games or something as many transgender people have anxiety. 

The elections took place for the main officers (trans, nec place, committee open place, steering committee open place), however it was not clear what the latter three were which made voting on them uncomfortable as most delegates weren't sure what they were voting for. 

Votes were taken and counted as the caucus elections were done, again, nowhere was there a written explanation of what the caucus were but I was informed that it was elections for part time officers working with the full time trans officer (which may have been mentioned before I arrived).

The votes were counted and results were presented… Jess Bradley was duly elected as the first ever NUS Trans Students’ Officer. Jess gave a closing speech and thanked all for the votes. The conference had finished and I caught the train home from Sheffield back to Cheltenham.

Thanks for reading,

Jack

University of Gloucestershire Part-Time LGBT Students’ Officer

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