Just after the Easter holidays Tim Brown made a second trip to Northern Ireland this year to observe NUS-USI conference, which was an enormous help to meet representatives from student bodies in Northern Ireland and learn more about the local policy that is implemented there. There was also a good opportunity to tell others there about representing postgraduates and the importance of building up NPC's base in Northern Ireland for the benefit of postgraduates there. A number of areas necessary to campaign have been identified and there are already plans under way to get this work going further whilst also working closely with NUS-USI.
In the future NPC hopes that a sub committee will be set up in Northern Ireland from which an officer can be elected to communicate and assist with implementing policy in Northern Ireland, which is essential. Already a discussion list, firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up where postgraduate representatives are being gradually added and are able to now communicate more of the issues facing postgraduates in Northern Ireland.