The NUS Annual Conference finished yesterday, having discussed a variety of topics over three days - as expected, with reforms finally through there was more time to spend discussing real student issues.
One of the decisions which is causing a stir is the decision to investigate minimum drinks pricing in student unions, something certain publications have found rather bizarre. Even more bizarre is that the publication in question, The Register, has used ICU as an example of how even higher than normal turnouts are still quite low, so the NUS might not represent all students, missing the point that our thirteen thousand students are not members at all.
NUS President Wes Streeting, re-elected with 81% of the votes at conference, told The Times
"Students' unions work hard to inform their members of the dangers of excessive drinking. But more can be done. 'All you can drink' and ?three for the price of one? offers encourage students to drink to dangerous levels."
Delegates to the conference voted to start a consultation to look at setting a minimum price for alcohol in students unions, something which could be achieved by NUS Services Limited pushing its prices up or local unions taking higher profits.
A long debate about initiations was also had, with some unions calling for the NUS to stop opposing them and help regulate them, while others wanted to see continued opposition. In the end the conference sat on the fence, with the NUS to oppose initiations, but also to give assistance to unions seeking to regulate the manner in which they take place.