Five Ideas... why you should stand for a Zone Committee

Tuesday 20-09-2016 - 11:10

We recently announced details of our Zone Conferences, which take place in Stratford this October. At each conference, delegates will elect members of our five respective Zone Committees. Here are five reasons why you should stand in these elections…

Our Zone Committees coordinate and lead the each of the Zones; Higher Education, Further Education, Union Development, Society and Citizenship and Welfare.

With 45 positions on these committees you can stand in election for, there are so many opportunities and reasons to get involved.

1. Make a difference and impact on the lives of students

Zone Committees work on key issues that students are facing on campuses and in their lives. Zones deal with issues that affect the study and development of students, the provision of effective representation and support, their wellbeing in institutions and homes, and their relationships with wider society and the world. Your work will ensure that we can continue to win for students.

2. Learn new skills in communication, policy analysis and development

The work that NUS does is prioritised and decided through policy. Zone committees play a crucial part in the policy formation process, working on proposals that are discussed and adopted at National Conference. You’ll gain skills in policy analysis and shape the development of the ideas discussed at Zone Conferences.

3. Support the Vice President with projects and areas of importance

Each 'Zone' is based around a ‘key theme’, which will be examined and debated by Zone Committees. You’ll shape the priorities of the Zone and support the Vice President in their vital work. Committee members also act as advisors and critical friends for the Vice President, scrutinising the work that they do. You could also have the opportunity to take on additional projects that are important to the movement.

4. Be part of a movement and represent students from across the UK

As a Committee member you consult and represent members and understand how problems impact their lives. You develop policy that is important to them and ensure that NUS champions it. Being part of the movement gives you the opportunity to build your networks and share and grow ideas.

5. Shape the future of NUS

Zone committees allow us to understand problems as a movement, form our collective beliefs and take ownership of solutions. Your contribution to this work will drive research and develop policy that shapes the future direction of NUS.

Zone Conferences 2015 takes place in Stratford Upon Avon between Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 October. Further information about standing is on the Conference Hub. 

Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 October: Further Education Zone and Higher Education Zone Conferences


Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 October: Society & Citizenship Zone, Union Development Zone and Welfare Zone Conferences



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