Log in

Sussex Represented at the NUS LGBT+ Conference 2019

Sophie Bailey

Sophie Bailey and Ray Everall were in Sheffield to represent the University of Sussex Students’ Union at the NUS LGBT+ Conference, which was held from 5-6 March 2019. Sophie writes about her experience.

“I really enjoyed my first experience of an NUS Conference and learned a lot about the workings of our student democracy and National Union. I felt really welcomed by the NUS team and my fellow delegates, who immediately included and accepted me into the community.

The motions, debate and caucuses were highly inclusive and engaging. Having the option to voice my opinions throughout was really great. I was pleasantly surprised by all the different avenues of conversation and debate that took place, and was given so many opportunities to learn about various issues regarding trans rights, minorities and current affairs that I wasn’t previously aware of.

The various workshops that were provided really helped with learning about new and interesting topics of conversation. For example, I attended a ‘Trans in Sport’ workshop with a fellow cisgendered friend, which provided both of us with information and facts we have not experienced ourselves.

The Conference was also an opportunity to make great friends with people who share my interests - people that I may not otherwise have have met. I now have a network of friends from all over the country to keep in touch with and see at future events. This is something I have struggled with in the past, and the Conference really exposed me to so many new experiences, people and subjects that I want to explore further.

Overall, there isn’t a bad thing I could say about the NUS LGBT+ Conference: It has helped me better understand myself and others, and I cannot wait for future conferences.”


Contact us

Got a comment/criticism about anything discussed in this article? Let us know on our social media channels!




Related news

Global Climate Strike - join us on Hove Lawns

Thu 19 Sep 2019

Protest sign showing burning earth and words 'wake up'

Tomorrow - Friday 20 September - a massive global day of action is planned in response to the growing threat of Global Climate Change. Join the movement on Hove lawns.

Students Recommend Support & Advocacy team!

Tue 17 Sep 2019

Did you know that the Union runs a support service which is confidential and independent of the University? Last year 95% of students surveyed said they would recommend Support & Advocacy to a friend and 80% were less worried after talking to us!

Leave No Trace on campus

Tue 10 Sep 2019

Rows of tupperware holding various items ready for recycling

Visit the exciting new recycling initiative, led by students, at the Tuesday Farmer's market in the new term.

You can apply now to be a Student Rep!

Wed 04 Sep 2019

'As reps we listen to the student voice and any concerns that students have to provide a unified student voice to the faculty and University management. We make sure the university is hearing what you have to say and that they are aware of anything going well or needing improvement.'

Green Impact excellence

Thu 29 Aug 2019

The USSU has scored 351 points for the NUS Green Impact scheme, scoring well above the threshold of 300 points to receive the highest award.


This list is automatically generated

View all news »