What is the NUS?
The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of UK students’ unions that fights for student issues and a better future for higher education. They represent students at a national level, making student involvement key to ensuring our voices are heard. One way you can be a part of creating exciting change is through becoming an NUS conference delegate!
What do NUS conference delegates do?
Conference delegates represent our Students’ Union at the annual NUS conferences. Delegates can vote on our behalf and take part in discussions. The three main purposes of the conferences are to:
- Scrutinise the current work of the NUS and their elected officers
- Set the direction of the NUS (i.e. through campaigns and policy)
- Elect future leaders of the NUS.
How much commitment does the role require? The time commitment required is the duration of the conference (including time for travelling to and from the location unless it is taking place online) as well as a briefing prior to the conference and debriefing after.
The Students' Union covers conference registration fees, accommodation and travel for delegates.
For more information on what delegates do visit: NUS conferences website
What conferences are there?
The 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 this conference is to debate and vote on motions, which become the policy for five years.
These conferences will be held in April 2021.
Who can be a conference delegate?
Any student can nominate themselves.
There are 6 delegates for the National Conference and 3 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 head to the elections page.
Nominations open: 9am 9th November
Nominations close: 12pm 26th November
Voting opens: 9am 27th November
Voting closes: 5pm 3rd December
Voting for the main election has now closed
We're running by-elections for the Liberation Conference to fill the Trans and LGBT+ places:
Nominations open: 9am 25th January
Nominations close: 12pm 5th February
Voting opens: 9am 8th February
Voting closes: 5pm 12th February
Voting opens soon...