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NUS Wales President and Deputy President elected

Tuesday 14-03-2017 - 14:27

Ellen Jones, who is currently serving as Women’s Officer, has been elected President of NUS Wales at the organisation’s conference in Llandudno today.

Speaking after her election, NUS Wales President-elect Ellen Jones said:

“I am over the moon that students have elected me as the next NUS Wales President. This is a key year for education in Wales, so I’m looking forward to leading our united student movement.

“There is no doubt in my mind that, together, our movement can shape an education system that is inclusive, accessible, and fairly-funded, and which works to break down social injustice throughout Wales.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the sterling work of the current President, Fflur Elin, over the past year.”

President-elect Ellen is the current NUS Wales Women’s Officer (2016-17). Previously, she was President of University of South Wales Students’ Union. Her manifesto can be viewed here.

Current Deputy President Carmen Smith has been re-elected.

Together, Ellen and Carmen will lead the student movement in Wales, representing students in public campaigns, with politicians, and with the education sector.

Carmen said:

“I am thrilled to have been re-elected as NUS Wales Deputy President today. I’m excited to continue my work of the past year, representing all our membership across Further and Higher Education, and those in training and apprenticeships.

“As Deputy President, I will work to get the best deal for students once the UK has left the EU, and carry on speaking up for Further Education learners and apprentices, ensuring they have the best learning experience possible.”

Carmen is the current NUS Wales Deputy President, having started her term in 2016. She is also a Board Member of the European Students’ Union, representing the UK. Previously, she was President of Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai Students’ Union. Her manifesto can be viewed here.

Outgoing NUS Wales President Fflur Elin added:

“I would like to congratulate Ellen on her election, and Carmen on her re-election. This past year has been a very exciting one for the student movement, and for the education sector in Wales. I know that both these women will do a great job of leading Wales’ student movement, and I wish them all the best.”

Additionally, Kehkashan Ansari was elected to NUS Wales' second place on NUS UK NEC, and Jonathan Jones and Sian Jones were elected to NUS Wales Democratic Procedures Committee.

The roles of NUS Wales President and Deputy President are full-time, paid roles. Ellen will take up the role of NUS Wales President on 1 July 2017, and she and Carmen Smith will continue in their current respective roles until 30 June 2018.

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