What do NUS conference delegates do?
Conference delegates attend a National Union of Students (NUS) conference to represent Sussex. Delegates can vote on our behalf and take part in discussions.
The time commitment required is the duration of the conference (including time required to travel to and from the location) as well as a briefing prior to the conference and debriefing after the conference.
The Students' Union covers conference registration fees, accommodation and travel for delegates.
You can read more about being a delegate on the NUS conferences website.
What conferences are there?
National conference is the sovereign body of the NUS, it sets policy for the year ahead and elects the NUS President, Vice Presidents and the NUS National Executive Council. It is also where the budget for the year ahead is decided through the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Every year over 1,500 delegates arrive at the conference from institutions across the United Kingdom.
The Liberation conference is an opportunity for student activists from across the UK to come together to set the direction for the liberation campaigns for the year ahead and elect their Officers and Committee. There are 5 NUS Liberation campaigns, who represent: LGBT+ students, Trans students, Women students, Disabled students and Black students. One of the key functions of these conference is to debate and vote on motions, which become the policy for five years.
Who can be a conference delegate?
Any student can nominate themself.
There are 5 delegates for National Conference and 2 of these places must be filled by women.
There are 6 places for the Liberation Conference, which are: one woman student, one disabled student, one LGBT+ student, one trans student, one Black* student and one additional place for a Black* woman student. To run for these places, you must self-define as a member of that group.
*The term ‘Black’ is used by the NUS to refer to African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean people and those who self-define as Black.
How do I nominate myself?
During the nomination period, just log in to our website and nominate yourself below. All you need to do is to confirm your contact details. You can choose to upload a photo, slogan of up to 6 words and/or manifesto of up to 100 words. These are optional but recommended.