Chief Returning Officer announces National Ballot

Friday 14-10-2016 - 09:00

On Tuesday 11 October 2016, the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) received a request for a National Ballot, in line with Rules 1100 – 1122 in the NUS UK Articles and Rules.

Chief Returning Officer announces National Ballot

The proposer of the National Ballot is the University of West London Students’ Union – UWLSU. A request for a National Ballot requires the support of at least 5% of members, which is at least 28 members.

The following members have provided evidence of their support for this request:

  • Aberystwyth University Students’ Union
  • Bath Spa University Students’ Union
  • University of Bath Students’ Union
  • Birmingham City Students’ Union
  • University of Birmingham Guild of Students
  • Durham Students’ Union
  • University of Exeter Guild of Students
  • Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union
  • University of Greenwich Students’ Union
  • University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union
  • Hull University Union
  • University of Huddersfield Students’ Union
  • Keele University Students’ Union
  • Kent Union
  • Lancaster University Students’ Union
  • University of Lincoln Students’ Union
  • Middlesex University Students’ Union
  • Newcastle University Students’ Union
  • Royal Holloway University Students’ Union
  • Solent Students’ Union (Southampton Solent)
  • St Mary’s University College Belfast Students’ Union
  • University of Surrey Students’ Union
  • Stranmillis University College Students’ Union
  • Teesside University Students’ Union
  • The University of Wales Trinity St Davids Students’ Union
  • University of South Wales Students’ Union
  • University of West London Students’ Union
  • Wrexham Glyndwr Students’ Union

The CRO has therefore accepted the request for a National Ballot.



National Conference 2016 resolved that NUS should “mobilise students to sabotage or boycott the Spring 2017 NSS” by passing Motion 201 “Divorce our courses from market forces”.

The call for a National Ballot is in relation to this activity.


What happens next?

In accordance with the rules, the CRO will formulate a proposed question and open this to consultation with members no later than Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Members will have one week to respond with any comments, questions or ideas that they would like the CRO to consider when finalising the question. The CRO’s decision following this consultation will be final.

When the CRO has finalised the question, a timetable will be published with a deadline for Students’ Unions to participate in the ballot which must be conducted via each individual members’ constitutional sovereign policy making body and must use the exact question as approved by the CRO.

Further rules and guidance on this will be issued in due course.


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