Hi! We’re your new National Office. We’ll be leading the organisation over the coming year so we wanted to let you know a bit about what we’ve been planning. Labour Students is an incredible organisation that contributed a lot to all of our University experiences, and as your National Office we want to ensure that being a part of the Labour Students movement is as good for you as it was for us.
We wanted to use this blog as an opportunity to talk to you about some of our priorities for the upcoming year, and if you’ve never been involved before, find out about some of the things we’re doing on a daily basis to ensure Labour Students is the best organisation it can be.
When we were elected, one thing that was clear is that liberation movements should be at the centre of our movement. This year we are organising our first ever liberation conference, in collaboration with our liberation officers, and continuing with anti-Semitism training alongside our friends in the Jewish Labour Movement and at the Union of Jewish Students. We also want to ensure our speakers and sessions are intersectional, and that our caucuses are empowered to make change in our movement.
It’s really important to us that as many Labour Students as possible are able to actively engage with our democracy. That’s why we want to reform our membership system, so every member of Labour Student has a chance to participate in our national organisation and so we can communicate better with new members and those who haven’t engaged with us before.
Labour Students has multiple clubs in every region of the UK, and we see new ones join our national movement every year. We’re especially keen to support new clubs who might not have worked with Labour Students before, and to work with sixth forms and colleges to ensure those who want to set up Labour Clubs in Further Education are able to.
One thing we’re keen to do is give our movement better accountability – we want to ensure that at every opportunity you’re able to hear about what we’ve been working on and ask any questions you may have. Beyond our current Officer Q&A sessions at the end of every National Event - we are intending on more regular reports and more accessible accountability that our members can participate in.
But most importantly, we want to hear from you about all the things you’ve been doing in your Universities and Colleges, and how we can help make your Labour Clubs thrive.
We want to give you the skills to win the arguments, spread the Labour message and build better, stronger Labour clubs. Whatever your plans for the year, we want to be with you every step of the way.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Melantha, Rachel & Josh