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How We Work

How we Work

As a confederation of nearly 600 students’ unions, NUS aims to ensure the collective and democratic representation of 7 million students through our member students’ unions.

Our Governance

NUS UK is governed by the National Executive Council, the NUS UK Board and by an annual National Conference. NUS UK is part of a ‘Group’ structure made up of seven separate legal entities each with their own board of trustees.

Decision making

As a membership organisation it’s important to understand how decisions are made and how you can input into them. NUS has multiple ways to influence decisions for both student representatives and our members unions.

Devolved Nations

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own elected representatives who campaign on issues that are relevant to students studying in that Nation. Each Nation also has its own executive council and national conference.

Liberation campaigns

Our Liberation Campaigns are politically autonomous and made up of students who self-define as Black, Disabled, LGBT and/or Women. They have their own policy decision making process, run specific campaigns mandated by their own Conferences and are led by their own elected representatives.

Student sections

Sections are groups of students who are registered as into a particular mode of study and includes International students, Postgraduate students and Mature and Part Time students. They are linked to the main NUS policy zones and also have their own policy decision making process, run specific campaigns mandated by their own Conferences and are led by their own elected representatives.