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Zone Committee Elections

About the Zone Committees

NUS’ work is decided and prioritised through policy. NUS produces campaigns, projects, briefings, events, trainings, resources, committees, lobbies, protests, conferences, and many other activities, to help students in their studies and in their lives. To make sense of this, the work of NUS is split into 5 separate “zones” and the policy that is passed fits into one of these 5 zones.

The Zone Committees have responsibility for planning and supporting the work of the zone. Zone committees implement the decisions of National Conference. Each committee is chaired by the elected NUS officer responsible for the respective zone. The NUS Officer reports on the work of the Zone at Zone Conference and National Conference.

How do I get involved?

Key Information:

  • Any individual student member of the National Union of Students can stand for Zone committee positions
  • Nominations will close at 12.30pm on Wednesday 24 October 2018 (Day one of Zones Conference)
  • Anyone can stand but only those in attendance at the event can vote on a one-member-one-vote basis
  • Voting will open at the end of Conference - Thursday 25 October 2018
  • Each union registered to attend the conference will be able to vote in all elections (except FE and HE elections will be reserved to members from the relevant sector)
  • Each Union will pick a delegate at the conference to cast votes for them online - this is done at the point of registration
  • Polling will close at 12 noon on Friday 2 November 2018
  • The results of the election will be available online shortly thereafter 
  • Election Rules can be found here
  • Nominations are now open and can be submitted by using the online form

What positions are available?

There are a total of nine positions available on each of the five Zone committees.

Eight of the positions are for Zone Committee Members. Of these positions 50% must be self defining women.

Higher Education Zone Committee may only have candidates from Higher Education. Likewise Further Education Committees may only have candidates from Further Education. For each of the other committees (Society and Citizenship, Union Development and Welfare) there are two places reserved for Further Education candidates (and of these two one needs to be a self defining woman)

One of the positions is for a Zone Committee Member on the National Executive Council (NEC). This position will be held by the first eligible candidate to be elected.

NEC places for the Higher Education and Union Development Zones are only open to self defining women. For the other Zones (Further Education, Society and Citizenship, Welfare) the NEC place is available to all candidates.

Nominations are now open and can be submitted by using the online form

Role Descriptions

 

Zone Committee Member

As a zone committee member, you are responsible for ensuring the development of policy to guide the zone’s priorities for the year ahead, as well as analysing the work of the relevant elected officer (the Vice President), ensuring that the zone delivers on the areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead.

What’s involved?

  • Attending up to 4 committee meetings throughout the year (usually taking place in London)
  • Being an active member of the committee and representing the views of students in meetings and active in developing the work and policy of the Zone
  • Preparing for committee meetings and reading circulated papers in advance
  • Taking an active role in holding the Vice President of the zone to account, by challenging and scrutinizing their work

Zone Committee Representative on the National Executive Council

As a zone committee member, you are responsible for ensuring the development of policy to guide the zone’s priorities for the year ahead, as well as analysing the work of the relevant elected officer (the Vice President), ensuring that the zone delivers on the areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead. As a member of the National Executive Council you have the role of representing and supporting the Zone and reviewing the work of the Vice-president of that zone.

The NEC place will be elected during the committee elections. The candidate with the most votes will be offered the NEC place for that Zone.

What’s involved?

  • Attending up to 4 further committee meetings throughout the year (usually taking place in London)
  • Attending 5 NEC meetings and National Conference
  • Being an active member of the committee and representing the views of students in meetings and active in developing the work and policy of the Zone
  • Preparing for committee meetings and reading circulated papers in advance
  • Taking an active role in holding the Vice President of the zone to account, by challenging and scrutinizing their work
  • Representing and Supporting your Zone at National Executive Council

What skills do I need?

An excellent committee member will be enthusiastic about the opportunity to be at the heart of the policy development at NUS, with a passion and interest in the aims of the zone, expressing:

  • A commitment to the zone committee, by being a team-player and attending all meetings
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A passion for shaping the future work of the zone
  • Being an advocate for the priorities of the zone

What can I expect from the role?

Being a volunteer on a zone committee is a rewarding experience that enables you to make a difference and have a real impact on improving the lives of students. Not only will volunteering on a zone committee give you the opportunity to develop new skills in policy analysis and development, you will also further develop interpersonal and communication skills by working alongside fellow committee members.

You can also expect to:

  • Receive an induction into your role, the zone, and the wider work of NUS
  • Receive support from NUS, with the opportunity for personal development
  • You may have the opportunity to support the Vice President with additional projects
  • Volunteers will never be out of pocket – reasonable expenses, such as travel and subsistence, will be paid for by NUS
  • Be part of the wider student movement, part of a national and international campaigning organization, representing students from across the UK
  • Lastly, being a volunteer committee member is a great opportunity to shape the future of NUS

How to Stand for Election

What you'll need to stand 

  • Your Personal Details - Name, Address, Email, Phone Number and Name of Constituent Member (Union)
  • Read the role profiles above and know the role/s that you want to stand for
  • Proof of your eligibility ot be a candidate - Evidence of your status as a student or officer (Student Card, or letter from your union or institution)
  • A supporting statement of no more than 300 words answering the question 'Why should you be elected to the Zone Committee/Zone NEC Place?'
  • A head and shoulders Photo of yourself (cropped square, less than 1mb and with the file name as YOUR NAME)

You can stand by filling in the online form

You'll also need to read the Election Rules