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Leading active student involvement

Whether it be on the sports field or in the debating chamber – getting students actively involved in student led activities, is key to being a truly student focused organisation.

This course will look at the officer portfolio of leading student activities, exploring themes of changing student demographics, democratic functions of student activities and campaigning for a better student experience.

As well as exploring a range of topical issues, ideas and challenges for the year ahead.

We’re excited to announce that this year as part of the Leading Active Student Involvement programme, we will be inviting students’ union staff to join the officers for the first Student Opportunities Conference! 


Who is it for?

Leading Active Student Involvement (LASI):

  • Sport or AU officers of HE affiliated unions
  • Student activities officers of affiliated HE unions
  • Societies officers affiliated of HE unions


Student Opportunities Conference (24 July):

  •  All LASI delegates as outlined above
  •  Frontline student opportunities union staff members who support officers with a remit of sport, societies, student fundraising, student development or volunteering


Please be advised that staff member spaces are limited to 2 per union for the Conference.

There will be a waiting list you can add staff to and if there is space on close of registration (2 weeks before the course) we will approach people on from the waiting list, on a first-come-first-served basis.


Learning outcomes:

Leading Active Student Involvement: 

 By the end of the course, delegates will:

  • Review what they want to achieve during their year, considering challenges ahead and identifying opportunities for innovation
  • Understand their role in supporting, engaging and championing student volunteering in all its forms
  • Reflect on engagement of liberation groups in student opportunities
  • Understand their role in leading change campaigns and engaging student communities to achieve a better student experience
  • Identify a support network with other officers for the year ahead


Student Opportunities Conference:

By the end of the conference, delegates will:

  • Explore their role in developing quality student opportunities
  • Develop techniques for creating good working relationships with officers and student groups
  • Improve their training and project management skills
  • Increase their sector-specific knowledge and increase their confidence in discussing technical issues
  • Identify a support network with staff in other students’ union


Leading Active Student Involvement
22 - 24 July 2014
Registration opens from: 10.00
Course begins at: 12.00
Course finishes at: 17.00
Student Opportunities Conference:
Thursday 24 July
Registration for staff opens from: 09.00
Day begins at: 10.00
Day finishes at: 17.00
Leading Active Student Involvement:
£399 (excl VAT) per officer delegate for the full course*
* Cost includes accommodation, meals and training materials
Student Opportunities Conference:
£89 (excl VAT) per union staff member - Thursday 24 July only, which includes lunch, refreshments and materials
Training course policies:
NUS Code of Conduct that we ask everyone (including members) to adhere to whilst attending our training courses

Registration has now closed for LASI.  Please email events@nus.org.uk if you wish to attend.

Registration for the Staff Day is still open - please click here to register.

Close of registration: 16 July 2014 at 4.00 pm.


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