Each year, delegates from students’ associations gather at NUS’ democratic conferences to debate motions and vote on which should become policy. Policy explains what we believe, and what we’re going to do about it. NUS leaders set their plan for the year based on policy and their manifestos.


What’s a motion?

At NUS Scotland Conference in March, delegates are sent by students’ associations to represent them by debating motions on education and other issues that students care about.

Why should we submit one?

It's important that students’ associations participate in submitting motions for discussion as this determines what NUS Scotland should focus on for the year ahead.

How do we submit a motion?

At NUS Scotland Conferences students’ associations are able to submit motions and after the first draft of motions are published you are able to submit amendments to the text proposed.  The Scottish Executive Committee is able to submit motions as well.

A motion for debate simply outlines what the situation or issues are and proposes a plan of action or solution that NUS Scotland should work on.

Does anyone else need to check it out before we submit it?

To submit a motion, the proposed text must go through your students’ association's own decision-making structure. This will vary across students’ associations but could include:

  • A referendum
  • A policy making/decision making forum
  • A student general meeting
  • A students’ union/association council
  • An executive council

Once you’ve passed your motion through the decision-making structures you can submit your motions to NUS Scotland conference through the online form here.

When should we submit a motion?

Every NUS Conference has a strict deadline to submit motions and amendments. The deadline for submitting motion and amendments to the rules is Thursday 1 February at 12 noon.

Make sure you have noted all the deadlines and ensure you have time to pass your motion through your students’ association first before submitting it to NUS Scotland!