USI Congress 2006
Thousands of pounds are paid anually to the National Union of Students' (NUS) and USI in membership fees. Questions have to be asked about the value of such conferences, and some suggest the money could be better spent directly on students at Queen's. Graham Barton, Postgraduate Students' Officer, who is not attending the conference, regards these Unions as irrelevant. "We have to ask what benefit the average student at Queen's really gets from us being part of NUS-USI." he said.
Members of the Executive who attend the conference, will not be required to give a report on proceedings or their contribution on behalf of the students' at Queen's. One controversial motion at this years conference is on whether or not abortion should be legalised in the Republic of Ireland. It is not known how members representing Queen's students voted on this motion.