City plays host to conference

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THE University of Sheffield Students’ Union has welcomed a decision to bring the 2012 NUS National Conference to Sheffield.

The conference comes to Sheffield City Hall for three days from April 24 to 26 and will see 1,500 student delegates from across the UK arrive in the city to set NUS policy for the year ahead and elect national student representatives.

Sheffield was chosen because it has one of the largest and most diverse student bodies in the country with 60,000 students making up 10 per cent of the city population!

University of Sheffield Students’ Union President Thom Arnold said: “We are absolutely delighted the NUS Conference is coming to Sheffield.

“Sheffield is a brilliant student city so it is really appropriate the conference, which is the pinnacle of the student calendar, should be coming to us and will be a great opportunity to showcase everything the student population brings to Sheffield and the wider community.”

Among the issues to be raised specifically by University of Sheffield student representatives will be a motion to resist government proposals to scrap the legal obligation for people to provide their local Electoral Registration Officer with information and switch from a system of household to individual electoral registration.

“This is a change which could see over 10 million people ceasing to be registered and it is particularly problematic for students, as many students live in houses of multiple occupancy and frequently move address,” said Thom.

The Sheffield University students will also be pressing for the continued right to protest on campus.

“We also want free legal when unions are faced with injunctions, orders or other actions against peacefully protesting,” Thom added.