The National Union of Students (NUS) brought their flagship summer training programme, Lead and Change, to Leeds Beckett University this August for the first time. Around 200 NUS Exec Officers from students’ unions across the UK came along to the 3 day conference which focused on ‘Student Opportunities’ as well as ‘Union Presidents’.
The event, which was organised with the University’s conferencing team, Well Met Conferencing, provided delegates with the opportunity to gain core skills and knowledge, whilst also allowing them to explore how their personal values and motivations influenced their understanding of leadership. A combination of interactive workshops, networking groups and practical training sessions ensured that Exec Officers left well-equipped for the new influx of students, due to arrive in September.
Leeds Beckett Students’ Union president, Joe Murray – who attended the conference along with vice president Activities, Harry Walters – said: “We were very proud to hold the conference here at Leeds Beckett, it was a fantastic opportunity to meet other Exec Officers and get involved with some high intensity debates!
“One particular workshop that was very beneficial to me was ‘Leadership – tough love and bravery’. Here I gained an understanding of how to use my leadership skills alongside those of the other representatives, to create positive change for the students we represent here at Leeds Beckett.
“We also had the opportunity to be hosts for the social side of the conference, with drinks and food at the Students’ Union’s City Bar, as well as other local Leeds favourites and even enjoyed a cheesy quiz night which was a brilliant opportunity to network with fellow Exec Officers.”
Clare Vidler, conference manager at Well Met Conferencing said: “We were delighted to hold the NUS’ Lead and Change conference here at Leeds Beckett University for the first time.
“We’re fortunate that there is a truly dedicated and enthusiastic team of Exec Officers heading up the Students’ Union this year, and to be recognised by the NUS at their flagship training programme is a great accolade.
“As an academic venue, we are able to balance student needs with conferencing requirements without issue, it’s therefore of significant note that we can happily accommodate key events which require expertise in both areas.”
Well Met Conferencing manages a wide range of venues and spaces as well as providing experienced delegate and event management services. Well Met’s portfolio ranges from urban and parkland venues including the Rose Bowl, James Graham and Carnegie Village which collectively provide the perfect destination for residential conferences, training, meetings and exhibitions to group travel, association events, dinners, filming, corporate away days and team building events.