ELECTIONS: About Voluntary Roles

The voluntary roles we elect at National Conference are all about getting students involved in NUS, supporting our officers to deliver their work and to make sure we have a student led democracy.


National Scrutiny Council (NSC)



There are 20 places available, eight of which are reserved for Further Education students. 50% of the NSC must self-define as women or non-binary. Positions on the NSC are for one year.


NSC members are elected to scrutinise and examine the work of NUS officers and hold them to account. As an NSC member you would be expected to:


  • Keep in touch with officers, review the Plan for Action and ensure you know what the current priorities of NUS UK are
  • Ensure you know what questions members are asking at accountability surgeries
  • Scrutinise the work of NUS board and NUS UK budget
  • Agree with the Officer Executive any emergency policy of NUS UK if needed
  • Attend five online meetings per year to hold officers to account


The role is all about supporting and scrutinising officers in between meetings of conferences. It differs from the old National Executive Council in that the executive function is now fulfilled by full time officers. The new NSC is about holding those officers to account.


NSC have a unique opportunity to support the work of NUS UK and support the delivery of the Plan for Action. As well as providing scrutiny and oversight, members can get involved in ‘wraparound support’ for officers, ensuring they are effective.


Democratic Procedures Committee (DPC)


There are 4 places being elected this year and these are two-year positions. In total there are 9 students on DPC with half being elected each year to ensure continuity.


DPC is all about running NUS’ democracy in a fair impartial manner. The job of DPC is to set and implement rules to make sure our democratic spaces run well.


In the newly reformed NUS there is a new and exciting role for DPC in implementing our Doing Democracy Differently project. We know that members want us to make democratic spaces more engaging, participatory and fun. We also know that students want to access more digital democracy. We’ve made some key steps in doing this in 2020, but there is much more we can do. DPC have a really important and strong role in leading this work.


Practically the role involves meeting online via skype throughout the year and liaising with NUS staff to about rules, ways of working and policy proposals.


Interested? Find out how to stand for these positions here.