Drop-in Sessions:


Drop-in sessions with Sky Yarlett, Senior Student Engagement Officer at Houses of Parliament – Location: Hall 10 Catering Area

Sky Yarlett is Senior Student Engagement Officer, working on the Universities Programme at the UK Parliament.  Sky's team work to connect students and academics to the work of UK Parliament. In particular Sky is responsible for designing and delivering a programme of student engagement work including a pilot Student Leaders training programme which will launch in September 2017.

Sky is able to offer advice on:

  • Opportunities to engage Parliament on issues that matter to you, including working with Select Committees.
  • How to find MPs and Peers to contact about your campaign.
  • How to host a workshop about Parliament on your campus.
  • How to get involved with our Student Leaders training programme.



Drop-in sessions with Rachel Soper, Ethical Supply Chain Coordinator  – Location: Hall 10 Catering Area

Drop-in session with Rachel Soper, the Ethical Supply Chain Coordinator in the Trading Support team at NUS. Support will be available for questions on ethical purchasing, boycotts and Fairtrade.



Drop-in sessions with Laura Moss, Wrigleys Solicitors LLB – Location: Hall 10 Catering Area

We work with many Students' Unions all over the country, on matters such as incorporation, governance, employment advice and queries about ultra vires matters and the role of societies within Students' Unions.  Our team includes an ex-sabbatical officer and a current committee member of a Students' Union, which means we have an intimate understanding of the unique legal issues which Students' Unions face.


Drop-in sessions with Jan Sower, Greenhouse Consulting – Location: Hall 10 Catering Area

Jan is the specialist focussing on organisational and business strategy within the charity and education sectors at the consultancy Greenhouse Ltd, having been involved in turnaround throughout his career.

He has founded two successful companies and has worked with numerous Students’ Unions on organisational strategy, gap analysis, and commercial business development.



Drop-in sessions with Union Cloud – Location: Concourse Suite Room 23

Pop along to our UnionCloud drop-in session where you can meet a member of our UnionCloud team! We’ll be hosting an informal, drop-in surgery where you can ask any questions that you may have. Whether you’re a current user or an SU interested in finding out more about UnionCloud, everyone is welcome, come along and say hi!


Hour long sessions:


Welcome to NUS (Shakira Martin -NUSUK President and Simon Blake - NUS CEO) Concourse Suites 19 & 20

This session is for newly elected officers and recently recruited staff. Simon and Shakira will give you a bit of context to the National Union of Students, how we work, and some of our amazing shared achievements. This session explores how to get the most out of NUS during your time in the student movement.


Stand Alone Launch of the Estranged Student Solidarity Campaign (Susan Muller and Emily Nelson) – Location: Concourse Suite Room 21 & 22

Estranged students are three times more likely to drop out of their University degree course than the average student!

We want to work with you to change that.

The Estranged Student Solidarity Campaign (ESSC) is a partnership initiative between NUS and the charity Stand Alone. It encourages SUs across the UK to stand in solidarity with estranged students and their struggle to be recognised and supported throughout the higher education sector. The campaign will help you lobby your university at a grassroots level to raise awareness and inspire change.

This session is the official launch of our campaign and will focus on defining estrangement and explaining the aims and objectives of this initiative with real life case studies of current estranged students.  The session is aimed at both senior managers and SU sabbatical officers.


Working collaboratively (Kat Stark - CEO, UWLSU) Concourse Suite 27

Are you in a collaboration with another organisation or people right now? Are you thinking about entering into a new collaboration? Are you having problems in a collaboration? Or would you like to make a collaboration better? This is a live surgery where we will be using a Collaborative Methodology and Toolkit – developed specifically by and for students’ unions – to work through your collaboration scenario and hopefully improve the experience and impact it has!