What is the National Union of Students (NUS)?

The NUS is a national body that supports the work of around 600 students’ unions, representing the interests of more than seven million students in the UK.

What will I be doing at NUS National or Sections Conferences?

As a delegate, you will vote policy and motions that will shape the NUS for the academic year ahead. You will also be able to vote to elect the new NUS Executive Committee and other leadership committees.

I’ve never been involved in RUSU or the NUS before, can I still stand in the election?

Yes! It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been involved in RUSU or the NUS before. As long as you are eligible, you can stand in the election. We will provide all the information, support and training you need to attend conference and have a great experience if you are elected. 

Why are you giving preference to women students in the NUS National Conference Delegate vote count and how will this work?

The National Union of Students (NUS) passed a policy which determined that the NUS National Conference delegation must be made up of 50% self-defining women to ensure fair representation.

The ex-officio place will be taken by a Full-time Officer who may or may not self-define as women. This will determine how RUSU proceeds with the count. If the ex-officio place is taken by an individual who self-defines as a women, the first count (using STV system) will only include women students and will elect one of the ‘open place’ NUS National Delegates.

The second count will then include all candidates regardless of whether they self-define as women or not. The second count will elect a further two delegates. If the ex-officio place is taken by an individual who does not self-define as a women, the first count (using STV system) will only include women students and will elect two of the ‘open place’ NUS National Delegates. The second count will then include all candidates regardless of whether they self-define as women or not. The second count will elect one further delegate.

Can I nominate myself in the NUS National Conference if I already hold an elected representative position?

Yes – you can nominate yourself in this election even if you hold any other elected representative role.

Can I nominate myself for places to go to the NUS National Conference, NUS LGBT+ Conference, NUS Women’s Conference and NUS Trans Conference?

Yes – you can nominate yourself for various places if you meet the eligibility criteria and can attend the Conference.

Can I nominate myself in the NUS LGBT+ Conference if I want to stand for LGBT+ Part-time Officer in January/February 2018?

Yes – you can nominate yourself in this election even if you want to nominate yourself as LGBT+ Part-time Officer in January/February 2018.

If you win, you will attend the NUS LGBT+ Conference alongside the current LGBT+ Part-time Officer.

Can I nominate myself in the NUS Women’s Conference if I want to stand for Women’s Part-time Officer in January/February 2018?

Yes – you can nominate yourself in this election even if you want to nominate yourself as Women’s Part-time Officer in January/February 2018.

If you win, you will attend the NUS Women’s Conference alongside the current Women’s Part-time Officer.

What is a manifesto?

A manifesto is a term used to describe a short statement which tells people more about a candidate and what they want to achieve whilst holding an elected position. It tells students why they should vote for the candidate. It outlines aims and ideas and is an opportunity for candidates to tell students why they are the best person for the role.

Click here for more information on how to write a manifesto

How does the Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting process work?

RUSU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. STV means Candidates do not need the majority of votes to win, but instead a “quota” or proportion of the vote. The ‘’quota’’ is determined by the number of votes cast and the number of posts to be filled.

When voting you will be asked to list your candidates in order of your preference (first, second, third and so on). You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you want.

When voting has closed, surplus votes can be transferred to a further competing candidate (according to the voter’s order of preference) if the first choice candidate is eliminated during a count or has more votes than required for election. Unlike other voting systems, where only a small number of votes actually contribute to the result, STV ensures that very few votes are wasted.

How much time will I have to commit to the role of an NUS Delegate?

NUS Delegates must complete introductory training; this will involve completing an online training module and attending a training event held in the Students’ Union building.

NUS Delegates will also be expected to meet up with the rest of the delegation prior to attending Conference.

As an NUS Delegate, you will put time aside to speak to students to obtain feedback on motions put to conference. This is largely done by talking to students in your day to day academic life but you may also choose to attend Student Voice to seek opinion from Student Voice Members.

In addition, the amount of time a NUS Delegate will have to commit to their role varies according to whether they intend to submit a motion or stand for a position at Conference.

Finally, NUS Delegates will need to attend conference and produce a short report to feedback to the student body on what happened at Conference. This may take the form of a written report, video or blog.

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