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Welcome to the special conference edition of pn to update you on the latest news since our Ordinary General Meeting in Essex. Conference this year is focusing on widening participation in postgraduate education. Much of this will be addressed at our speaker sessions on Thursday 14th, where a number of speakers will be informing us of their perspective. Further to this on Saturday 16th there will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the meeting a motion has been tabled discussing the governments 50% expansion target and how this will affect postgraduate education in the future. This was discussed informally at the last OGM and it was considered an important issue for postgraduates, which NPC needs to form policy on.

There are a number of other items on the agenda for the AGM including a motion on international student visa charges, another round of ongoing changes to the by-laws to make them compatible with our new constitution and also approval of guidelines on postgraduate provision that have been drafted recently. Last but not least there will also be the elections of the 2003/04 executive. This will include election of the 2003/04 General Secretary, which is the only postgraduate national sabbatical position in existence in the UK. There may well be a number of positions contested, which will make the AGM ever more important for delegates to attend and cast their vote.

We are grateful to UK GRAD for sponsoring this conference newsletter. Please do encourage postgraduates in your institution to attend the course as we highly recommend it to any postgraduate.

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