Monday 25-01-2016 - 11:00
It's that time of year again...
It’s that time of year again where excitement builds about who is going to stand for elections. In students’ unions, associations and guilds across colleges and campuses, students are weighing up a big decision: whether to stand for election to lead their union. For those that decide to, they are then faced with more decisions: who to nominate them; what is it they want to achieve if elected, and finally what election campaign to run.
Just as in every college and campus, the same level of excitement is building across NUS. Students and officers are beginning to think about whether to stand for election as a lead in your national union. That might be as an officer or committee member in our Nations, Liberation Campaigns, Sections or Nationally.
I recall the excitement, and nervousness, when I decided to stand for election in my union and for NUS. I learnt a lot and had fun in all the elections I contested, some I won and some I didn´t. In every student election I have observed or contested, there have usually been candidates who have stood before and those who are first time candidates. What has helped all candidates is having access to information and advice about the election.
As Chief Returning Officer, supported by my Returning Officers and working closely with NUS staff, I have the privilege of overseeing these elections. I am keen that delegates have a choice of candidates to choose from, and that our elections are accessible. Information is available to help you decide on whether you want to stand or nominate someone else to stand for election. Visit the Get Elected section of NUS Connect for information on the various officer and committee roles that will be contested over the coming weeks. Role descriptions, election timetables, election rules as well as nomination forms and other information are also available here.
Advice is also available. You can contact me via the Executive Office. If you are unsure of what is involved and want to know more, I am holding a web-based drop-in session, from 11am, on Friday 5 February to answer questions anyone may have about standing for election.
Register Here for the Webinar
Like I said, this is an exciting time in unions and your national union. Good luck to those of you that do decide to stand for election. Don’t be scared, win or lose it´s an experience that can be life changing.
Jules Mason, Chief Returning Officer