Richard Budden, better known as Bubble, is on the NUS National Executive Committee and explains what the NUS does for clubs and societies. During his time at university he was RAG Officer for two years, Captain of the Cricket and Hockey teams, involved in BUSA and Vice President for Sports and Societies.
NUS deliver a wide range of training and development around Student Activities in Students? Unions. Examples of this include ?Disabled Students and Sport? events as well as assisting in Campaigns such as ?Kick it Out? and Keep Wednesdays Free, to ensure that everyone is able to participate in club and society activities.
NUS is about opportunities and participation at every level in sport and activities, believing that those who are interested should be given every opportunity to play sport, be it competitive or recreational. We work closely with BUSA but do not replicate what they do and vice versa.
NUS are a key stakeholder in the London 2012 Olympics representing the interests of London students, with the responsibility of engaging the student community in the ?Olympiad?. We gauge the opinion of Students? Unions about what they wish to see from the games and work on initiatives to get London students fully involved, not only with the planning of the games but also the volunteering opportunities that are available. NUS is the only student organisation which represents students through the Mayors office, ensuring that student issues are on the agenda and being listened to. The 2012 Olympics is a huge opportunity for students to experience and shape both the cultural and organisational impact of London 2012 and highlight the city to the wider world. Through the NUS you are able to get your voice heard and get involved. Without us, Imperial students will miss out on these opportunities to influence and play a major role in the 2012 games being what you desire.
NUS are also committed to Student Media and the role that it plays in Students? Union and student life. This year has seen NUS expand its provision, with more events designed for officers and students to learn about ways of communication, and gain assistance from industry professionals. NUS will this year be launching its media awards to recognise all fields of student media and showcase student talent.
Through the Student Activities Network (STADIA) NUS provides training and support on everything from RAG, to developing your faith societies, to motivating and optimising your volunteers. We work closely with external partners to ensure that students and societies get the most out of their membership.
NUS are able to take a lead in the field of Student Activities because we are the only organisation that is able to deliver across the board for students and their development. Be it student sport, media or societies, NUS has the links and the expertise to optimise what the membership receive.
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