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#YesToNUS: Exeter students vote to remain

Friday 13-05-2016 - 10:30

University of Exeter Students’ Guild will remain affiliated to NUS following a referendum of its students.

Over 5,000 students took part in the election, with a majority rejecting the motion that ‘The Guild should disaffiliate from NUS’.

Students’ Guild president Laura-Jane Tiley said: “We firmly believe that the interests of Exeter Students are best served by being part of the NUS and it is great that we have been able to convince a majority of students voting that this is the case.”

NUS Vice President (Union Development) Richard Brooks said: “I’m so proud and delighted that students at the University of Exeter have voted for their guild to remain affiliated to our national union so we can continue to fight for students’ rights.

“When I attended the debate in Exeter students raised concerns and I want to be clear we are doing our best to answer these. I and the officer team at NUS look forward to working with Exeter Guild as we improve and reform.

“Policy passed at NUS’ national conference this year mandated us to work with our member unions to develop a new democratic structure, which will be voted on at our national conference in 2017.

“Students at Exeter Guild remain part of a strong student movement and together we will prepare to make our voices are heard, as we await the government’s proposals on the future of higher education.

“Plans to reform our membership model are currently being put in place and we are already looking to the long-term future of NUS, as we work on the strategy that will carry us through to our 100th anniversary in 2022.”

More information on the election result can be found on The Guild’s website

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