ELECTIONS: Stand for Election

At National Conference we elect our student leadership who will be leading the work of NUS for the next two years. We also elect key volunteer positions that allow for effective oversight and scrutiny of our democracy.


Positions available


The following full time officer positions will be elected at National Conference. These are full time, two year positions.


  • National President
  • Vice President Higher Education
  • Vice President Further Education


In addition the following voluntary positions will be elected.


  • 20 members of the National Scrutiny Council (1 year term)
  • 4 members of the Democratic Procedures Committee (2 year term)


Becoming a candidate


  1. Find out about the role


As a result of reforms to NUS, the roles we are electing this year are different from previous roles. It’s really important for candidates to find out about the role and what to expect.


As well as information on the website (see links below) there are also opportunities for candidates to find out about the roles through briefings and surgeries.


Officer roles


Optional drop in surgeries for people considering standing for election. These will be running over skype and will be run as a drop in session. They are being held on


29 January, 3pm – 4pm

12 February, 3pm - 4pm


If you would like to attend, or if you can’t attend on those dates and want to schedule a call please email


To find out about the current work of the Officer team you can attend a Campaign Accountability Surgery. Hosted by the relevant NUS officer(s) and supported by the membership engagement team, you’ll get an update on the activities taking place, an outline of any key meetings coming up and an overview of their campaign’s impact so far. Surgeries take place the last week of the month and you can find out more at


There is also a mandatory candidate briefing taking place after the close of nominations. This will take place on 19 February 2020, 12pm – 2pm.

Read more about the positions here


Voluntary roles


There will be a briefing for all candidates ahead of the conference

Read more about positions here



  1. Find out if you are eligible

To be eligible to stand as an election candidate you must be a current student or sabbatical officer at a Students’ Union which is an affiliated member of NUS at the time of the election.


For the position of Vice President Higher Education you must be a HE student/sabbatical officer. For the position of Vice President Further Education you must be an FE student/sabbatical officer.


You must also be nominated by other students. You must receive nominations from students or sabbatical officers in different Students’ Unions (one can be from your SU). The number of nominations required is:


  • President and Vice Presidents: 7 students or sabbatical officers
  • Voluntary roles: 3 students or sabbatical officers


For each person nominating we need proof of student status. They also need to meet the same eligibility criteria as you (e.g. only FE students can make nominations for the Vice President Further Education). Names of your nominators will be publicized on your candidacy information.


  1. Tell us about yourself

We also ask that you prepare information for your candidacy to be submitted when you stand.

  • A head and shoulders photograph
  • A 100 word candidate statement
  • Links to social media accounts

None of the above information is mandatory, it is however beneficial to your candidacy that you submit this. We will also ask you for a manifesto however we’ll ask for this after discussing it at the candidate’s briefing.


  1. Submit your application

You must do this online by the stated deadline. The forms are available at the links below:


National President, Vice President HE and Vice President FE



National Scrutiny Council





Democratic Procedures Committee

Form available here

Deadline 31 March 12 noon


Any applications made after the deadline will not be considered. You should allow plenty of time to account for any technical issues.


On the form you will be asked for the following information. We advise you gather this together in advance of submitting your application


  • Your Personal details (name, email address and contact phone number)
  • Proof of Student/Officer Status (either a letter from your SU/Institution or a valid student card)
  • Details of people nominating you for this position (their name, Student Union/College and proof of Student/Officer status).


In addition, the following are optional but we recommend you have this

  • Details of an additional two people who are nominating you for this position (in case there are any issues with your nominators)
  • A head and shoulders photo of yourself on a plain background with no-one else in the photo
  • A 100 word statement telling voters about you and why you are standing for this position
  • Details of your social media accounts


Once your candidacy application has been submitted you will receive an automatic email. If you do not receive this email you must let us know before the deadline.

After the deadline for application the Returning Officer will review your application. If we need further information we’ll ask you to provide this in a specified timeframe.


We will announce candidates on 26 February when campaigning will begin.