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speech_leftWomen shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves forward.speech_right

Sarah Wood, Co founder and CEO Unruly Media

speech_left You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.speech_right

Marian Wright Edelman

speech_leftHow important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!speech_right

Maya Angelou, African American Poet

speech_leftNo one sex can govern alone. I believe that one of the reasons why civilization has failed so lamentably is that it has had one-sided government.speech_right

Mary Astor, the first woman MP, 1919

speech_leftDon’t waste a single second. Just move forward as fast as you can, and go for it.speech_right

Rebecca Woodcock, Co founder and CEO Cake Health

speech_leftI write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.speech_right

Audre Lorde, civil rights activist

speech_leftDon’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.speech_right


Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

speech_leftYou can’t afford to settle for second-best… I kind of knew that if I was successful, I would have a platform to talk about other stuff: how disabled people are treated, or how women in sport are treated.speech_right

Tanni Grey Thompson

Never stop to ask yourself “why?” when fighting for justice but ask yourself  “how”.

Mu Sochhua

speech_left It is vital that everyone should have hope – hope for a better tomorrow, hope to make the most of their potential. It’s about having purpose, it’s about aspiring and being inspired. Looking to our heroes and looking to our future .speech_right

Chuka Umunna, MP


In 2014, NUS launched ‘I Will…Lead the Way’ leadership coaching programme to increase the number of women in leadership positions within students’ unions. Following the success of this and our ongoing work to understand how we can best empower and support students from under-represented groups to stand for election, we expanded the coaching programme.

The programme will provide coaching, information and networking opportunities to empower and support those who self-define across all of the liberation groups – women students, Black students, disabled students and LGBT+ students – and who are intending to stand for election or who are already elected and are considering standing for the position of president in their students’ union.

Why are we doing this?

The student movement is one of the most progressive, challenging and diverse sections of our society. However, year after year, candidates in students’ union elections and elected officers do not reflect the diverse membership of their students’ unions and we know that students who define across the Liberation campaigns as women, Black, disabled and LGBT+ continue to experience discrimination. We need opinions, engagement and direction from the entirety of our diverse movement to address this and one of the ways we can meaningfully create space for this is through diversifying the leadership.

We regularly see that those who define as women, disabled, Black and LGBT+ are considerably underrepresented in the movement, particularly in sabbatical officer positions, and even more so when considering the role of President.

Coaching is one way we can support students’ from Liberation groups to fight the structural barriers to taking on leadership positions as well as developing skills and networks to create change.

You can find out more about information relating to officer diversity by looking at the latest Officer Diversity Surveys

What are our aims?

– Increase the representation of officers and presidents who self-define as women, Black, disabled and/or LGBT.

– Ensure that those who self-define as women, Black, disabled and/or LGBT have every opportunity to progress.

– Provide networking opportunities and build relationships between those who self-define as women, Black, disabled and/or LGBT.

– Lead organisational change

– Foster organisational diversity

Using ‘I Will …Lead The Way’

Each hub relates to NUS’ Liberation Campaigns – women’s leadership, Black leadership, disability leadership and LGBT leadership and will provide specific information, news and resources relevant to people who define into that group.

If you choose to sign-up for the coaching programme you will be asked to give some information about yourself and what you are looking for so that we make sure that the person you are matched with best meets your needs and preferences. Coachees will have an opportunity to review this information before accepting a provisional match.

If you are interested in becoming a coach, or have any thoughts, suggestions or feedback about ‘I Will…Lead the Way’ please contact bindz.patel@nus.org.uk

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