Elections Explainer

At NUS-USI Conference 2020, the following roles are being elected.

  • NUS-USI President. This is one 2-year, full-time student officer position.
  • Steering Committee Members. There are four 2-year voluntary positions.

Information for voters

All student delegates registered for NUS-USI Conference 2020 will be able to vote in elections. Any changes a member students’ union wishes to make to its nominated delegates must be received by the NUS Events team no later than Friday 7 February at noon.

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.

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

Voting for the NUS-USI President will open in advance of conference on Monday  23 March at 09:00 and close Tuesday 21 April at 1.30pm. Delegates may cast their ballot ahead of conference and will be able to change their vote at any point until polls close.

Steering committee nominations will close at 1.30pm on Tuesday 21st April and voting will commence from same afternoon until Friday 24th April at 12pm.

There will be an information session held for potential presidential candidates on Tuesday 11th February 2020 from 10am – 11am.  As this meeting will be conducted via skype, any interested persons must email to request a skype link.  This will be an opportunity to go over the process of elections, discuss the manifesto questionnaire and ask questions.

An online question time for presidental candidates will be held via NUS-USI social media outlets the week before conference. Delegates will be able to find out more about the candidates, ask questions, and listen to the discussion in their own time.

All elections will run on the UnionCloud software. Delegates will be able to change their vote for president at any point up until the close of polls on Tuesday 21 April at 1.30pm.

It is really important that delegates check you 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 your voting link, ensure we have the right email address and that you can access the site to vote. 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 – Monday 20 April midday.

Information for potential candidates

Becoming a candidate for NUS-USI President

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

1. Determining eligibility

2. Gathering information for voters (manifesto questionnaire)

3. Submitting an application

  1. Determining eligibility

Candidates must be a current student or sabbatical officer at a students’ union which is an affiliated member of NUS-USI.

Candidates also need to be nominated by other students or officers from member students’ unions in  Northern Ireland. Nominations must include: three nominations from students or sabbatical officers in three different member students’ unions. Only one nomination can come from the candidate’s students’ union. Nominations must be a mix of Higher Education and Further Education students/officers i.e. at least one FE and at least one HE nomination

  1. Telling Voters about yourself

Candidates should prepare information about themselves, which NUS-USI 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 NUS-USI students as their President?
  • Links to the candidate’s social media accounts
  • Manifesto questionnaire

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  submit answers to their manifesto questionnaire at the time of application. NUS-USI will hold a candidate briefing  Friday 6th March at 14:00. 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 Friday 28 February at 17:00.

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 an NUS-USI Steering Committee candidate

Nominations for NUS-USI Steering Committee are open and close at the Conference at 1.30pm, the positions are open to all delegates and observers attending. Please click on the link to complete your nomination to become an NUS-USI Steering Committee member candidate.

All dates

Deadline for NUS-USI Conference registration:  Friday 28th February at midday

Deadline for nominations for NUS-USI President: Friday 28th February at 17:00

Candidate Information Session: Tuesday 11th February at 10:00

Deadline for manifesto for NUS-USI President: Friday 28th February at 17:00

Mandatory Candidate Briefing: Friday 6th March at 14:00

Online Question Time: Wednesday 15th April evening via NUS-USI social media 

President Voting Open: Monday 23rd March at 09:00 – online from your email address

President Voting Close:  Tuesday 21st April at 13:30

NUS-USI Steering Committee member nominations Open: 15th April at 09:00

NUS-USI Steering Committee member nominations Close: 21st April at 13:30

NUS-USI Steering Committee member Voting Open: 21st April at 16:30

NUS-USI Steering Committee member Voting Close: 24th April at 12:00