Election Guide

At NUS Scotland Conference 2020, the following roles are being elected:

  • NUS Scotland President. This is one 2-year, full-time student officer position. 
  • Steering Committee Members. There 4 voluntary positions on Scottish Steering Committee being elected this year – three of which will be 2-year appointments and one of which will be a 1-year appointment


Information for voters 

All student delegates registered for NUS Scotland Conference 2020 will be able to vote in elections.

All voting will take place online, which requires all delegates to be registered with their individual PREFFERED email address. Delegates will be issued their ballot via email. Delegates must provide the correct email address to their students’ union when registering or 

Candidate information and manifestos will be circulated to delegates in advance of the elections.

Voting for the NUS Scotland President will open in advance of conference on Thursday 5 March and close at conference on Thursday 19 March midday. Delegates may cast their ballot ahead of conference and will be able to change their vote at any point until polls close.  

Steering committee elections will take place during the NUS Scotland Conference 2020 with key timings announced then. 

An online question time for candidates will be held in the weeks leading up to conference. Delegates will be able to find out more about the candidates, ask questions and listen to the discussion in their own time. There will be speeches from candidates on the first morning of conference.

All elections will run on the UnionCloud software. 


Information for potential candidates 

Becoming a candidate for NUS Scotland President

There are three stages to becoming a candidate in an NUS election. These are: 


  1. Determining eligibility 

Candidates must be a current student or sabbatical officer at a students’ union which is an affiliated member of NUS and based in Scotland. 

Candidates also need to be nominated by other students or officers from member students’ associations/unions in Scotland. Nominations must include: three nominations from students or sabbatical officers in three different member students’ associations/unions. Only one nomination can come from the candidate’s students’ association/union.


  1. Telling Voters about yourself 

Candidates should prepare information about themselves, which NUS Scotland will distribute to all delegates ahead of the election. This includes: 

  • A head and shoulders photograph 
  • A 100-word statement answering the question: Why do you want to represent students in Scotland as their NUS Scotland President? 
  • Links to the candidate’s social media accounts 

None of the above information is mandatory; it is however beneficial for both the candidate and the delegates. Submit this by the deadline for submitting the candidate application. Any information received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed for inclusion. 

Candidates will not submit a manifesto at the time of application. NUS Scotland will hold a candidate briefing on Wednesday 19 February. The candidate briefing is mandatory and will explain the election process, the role and expectations.


  1. Submitting an application 

Candidates with all their nominations and information should use the form within the link below to submit their nomination:

The deadline to submit your nomination is Monday 17 February

Any applications made after the deadline will not be considered. Allow plenty of time to account for any technical issues. Once an application has been submitted, the candidate will receive an automatic email. If you do not receive this email, the candidate must let us know before the deadline by emailing


Becoming a Scottish Steering Committee candidate 

Nominations for Scottish Steering Committee will open and close at the Conference and will be open to all delegates and observers attending. Details will be given during Conference registration on Thursday 19 March 2020. 


Details on NUS UK's rules on standing for full time officer positions can be found here