Education Conference

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What is Education Conference?

The NUS Education Conference (EdCon) is an annual conference hosted by the NUS to allow attendees to meet fellow student union represesentatives, leaders and activists. The conference hosts a range of plenaries, workshops and events over 3 days which:

  • Allows NUS office-bearers to talk about their projects;
  • Gives student leaders the opportunity to share their knowledge;
  • Collates guest speakers to discuss their areas of expertise;
  • Encourages attendees to engage in discussions and debates amongst peers; and
  • Gives attendees the opportunity to network with fellow students involved in student unions & activism.

This year EdCon is being hosted by the University of Sydney SRC and the overall theme is Radical Education: The Revival of Student Unionism.

When and where is it happening?

Time: 10am to 5pm

Dates: Monday 11th July to Wednesday 13th July 2022

Location: University of Sydney 

Radical Education: The Revival of Student Unionism

The state of our universities is grim. Over decades, successive governments have aligned our universities with neoliberalism, centring the ideology of the market to position these public institutions in the realm of profit-seeking corporations. Students have suffered; we are saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of debt for an education consisting of eroded course offerings and classes taught by overworked and exploited teachers. The sites of our learning shouldn’t be like this. Universities can be places of liberation, they can be a nexus of creativity, imagination, critical thinking and community. Students deserve an education that is fundamentally radical.
The 2022 NUS Education Conference is focused on reviving student unionism, knowing that our unions are critical places of resistance and radical learning. Students and activists from across the country will be coming together at the Univeristy of Sydney, to discuss strategy and share knowledge. We will be learning, discussing and strategising about issues like climate justice, free education, indigenous sovereignty, unionism, housing and queer rights.

Acknowledgement of Country

The NUS Education Conference has been organised across a number of Indigenous Nations and will take place on stolen Gadigal land upon which the Univeristy of Sydney sits. Sovereignty was never ceded and this land was, is and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge that Indigenous resistance, learning, celebrations, and knowledge practices have been taking place on this land for tens of thousands of years and endure today.

How do I register?

Registration is now open and will include accces to all sessions of the conference. 

Individual tickets are just $25. Student Union flat rate tickets are $650. 

Are equity grants available?

Yes, the NUS is an organisation committed to equity, accessibility and inclusivity, in turn we are providing equity grants to ensure that as many students as possible can attend. These grants are provided on a needs basis and the NUS will take into account whether or not your studentorganisation is providing their own equity grants when considering your application – Applications close on Friday 24th June.

Can I host a workshop?

es, a big part of EdCon is giving student leaders the opportunity to share their knowledge. All students who would like to present their own workshop just need to fill out the form below and wait for confirmation it has been accepted – Applications close on Friday 24th June.

If you need some workshop inspiration, you can check out the workshops that were run in 2021 here.

Still unsure?

If you’ve never been to an NUS EdCon and you’re unsure, then now is the best time to finally check it out! After two pretty isolating years, this year’s EdCon will be particularly great for new people to come along to because most attendees will be new to the EdCon experience. Plus we’ll have lots of NUS OBs around to help answer any questions you may have.

Until then, don’t be afraid to reach out to our Education Officer (Luc Velez – or General Secretary (Emily Sagolj – if you have any questions.