As you may have noticed, (or not,) I have been out of the office this week, at NUS Lead and Change Higher Education conference at Keele University!
It, was, amazing.
I met so many amazing people, and learned so many things, (and there was so much karaoke, SCOTLAND!)
Literally though, the Scottish sabbs took over.
Although I was made an honorary Scott for the week, so that was awesome. #tartanarmyforlife
So what did I learn at Lead and Change?
Well, we went through a lot of stuff on leadership, what makes a good leader, how to lead, how to plan, how to listen, and how to encourage. Which was awesome. We also covered campaign planning, there were so many drawings and diagrams and charts that we can use to plan out what our goals are, how to get there, who can help us get there, etc.
…. It’s a lot to take in, but I’m so excited to put what I’ve learned into practice!
Another thing that was amazing about Lead and Change was the networking. I know so many other sabbs now, and after this week I’m not sure how to talk to someone who isn’t a full time officer.
Another thing that I learned at Lead and Change, which wasn’t necessarily on the agenda, was about NUS itself. I’ve been vaguely aware about NUS in general, but not all that clear on what exactly they do, or what NEC is, and what they do.
Thanks to conversations I’ve had over the past few days, (with loads of different people but mainly with Beth Button, NUS Wales President, and Richard Brooks, VP Union Development,) and a Plenary with NUS President Megan Dunn, I feel like I now actually know what NUS is about.
But that will be the content of my next blog.
Right now, I’m really happy and excited to be back in the office, to put all of what I’ve learned over the last few days into practice.
And as much fun as Lead and Change was, and as much as I didn’t want to leave, I did miss Edge Hill Students’ Union, (especially our receptionist Garry, who’s an absolute babe.)
Also, is you want to read my live-tweets from the event, head on over to @xrosiemckennax on Twitter. Or to see what happened at the rest of the conference, check out the hashtag #NUSLeadChange
And now on to getting some work done. Have a great weekend everybody!