Elections at Conferences

Elections to committee positions are one of the ways students shape, and scrutinise our collective campaigning work. At conferences this year there will be a number of elections to committee positions at NUS. There are no elections to full time officer positions this year as all our officers were elected to two year terms in 2020.

At each conference you’ll get the chance to put yourself forward, hear from candidates and vote. All voting will take place online.

Positions being elected this year

This year there are 33 committee positions being elected across the four nations. The roles’ key focus are on building and growing our democracy, scrutiny and oversight, campaigning support.

Building and growing our democracy – Procedures and Steering Committees

These committee positions are all about making sure students are an active part of decision making at NUS. Our democracy committees lead our thinking on new models of democracy and how we implement these at NUS. They oversee our conferences and processes for generating ideas from students and students unions. They make sure that our democracy runs efficiently and is constantly evolving, incorporating the latest thinking on participatory democracy, restorative justice and collective care. Each year we elect members of these committees in across the four nations and in our National and Liberation spaces.

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Scrutiny and oversight – National Scrutiny Council

Throughout the year students oversee, scrutinise and feed back on our campaigning work. This scrutiny function ensure our campaigning work is based on what students have voted for, is in line with our values and reflective of what students need. As well as regular surgeries directly with members, at National Conference we elect a National Scrutiny Council to meet regularly throughout to scrutinise the work of the officers. 

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Campaign support – Liberation Campaign Committee

In our Liberation Conference a committee is elected to support the VP Liberation and Equality in delivering on Liberation Campaigns. These members facilitate and sustain the Liberation Student Campaigners Network for each liberation group, where students, sabbs, and SUs can share with, learn from, and support each other in their work. There are five positions representing Black*, Disabled, LGBT+, Trans and Women students
*Black is an inclusive term NUS uses to denote people of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage.

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Voting takes place in each of our five democratic conferences by delegates of those conferences.

All voting will take place online using Unioncloud, which requires all delegates to be registered with their individual preferred email address. Delegates will be issued their ballot via email and can login to vote on phones, tablets and laptops. Delegates must provide the correct email address to their students’ union for registration so that they can login to vote

Technical Issues

We know that glitches happen and sometimes there are issues meaning people can’t vote. However these can be resolved and the sooner they are identified the easier it is for the tech support team to assist.
Some pointers.
1.    We need the preferred individual email address of every delegate from an SU. We can’t send two votes to one email address and we can’t send to staff email addresses.
2.    It is really important that delegates check they are able to vote before the close of polls. Even if you don’t plan to cast your vote until the conference itself you should check you have received your voting link or that you can log onto the website and see the voting panel.
3.    Voting links sometimes end up in junk mail filters so always check these
4.    If your SU swaps a delegate after the final registration deadline we cannot guarantee that the new delegate will get to vote. If the original delegate has already cast a vote we cannot accept another vote from the new delegate (or an SU would get more votes than they are entitled to). We need time to check this.
5.    If you get in touch with us in advance of the conference it is easy for us to resolve issues and to support you to be able to cast your vote, however this takes a bit of time so is difficult to do as we approach the close of polls. We therefore ask that delegates report all technical issues 24 hours before close of polling. This is the last time we’d be able to guarantee to fix the issue.
6.    Staff will make every effort to support delegates to vote but it cannot be guaranteed, especially if it is a few minutes before close of voting!

Rules and Complaints

NUS is run by its members and elections have an important role in this, being used to elect our political leadership. Our rules set out how we run elections and cover what voters and candidates should expect when participating in elections.
If a voter feels that a candidate has fallen short of the standards we expect within the rules they are able to make a complaint which will be investigated by the Returning Officer.

The NUS UK rules and elections complaints form can be found here.

Announcing the Result

Once polls close the election count will take place overseen by the Returning Officer. We will then inform candidates of the results before announcing to voters.