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.
This year elections at National Conference are changing as part of our work on Doing Democracy Differently.
We’ve been asked to use more digital tools to make it easier for students to engage with elections. Our elections will take place separately to our policy development and all elections will be voted for online. Voters will get more time to vote ahead of the conference and to interact with candidates. There will be an online candidate question time which voters can submit questions to and hear the views of candidates.
Positions being elected
The following full time officer positions will be elected at National Conference. These are full time, two year positions.
In addition the following voluntary positions will be elected.
All delegates registered for NUS National Conference 2020 will be able to vote in elections.
All voting will take place online using Unioncloud, which requires all delegates to be registered with their individual preferred email address. Delegates will be issued their ballot via email and can login to vote on phones, tablets and laptops. Delegates must provide the correct email address to their students’ union for registration so that they can login to vote
Voting for the National President, Vice President Higher Education and Vice President Further Education will open in advance of conference on 16 March and close on 31 March (day one of conference). Polls will be open daily from 9am – 6pm. Delegates may cast their ballot ahead of conference and will be able to change their vote at any point until polls close.
Voting for the National Scrutiny Council and Democratic Procedures Committee will open at the end of conference (2 April) and close the following Monday 6 April 12 noon.
Information on candidates
We want voters to have all the information they need to find out about the candidates and make an informed decision about the leadership of NUS UK. There will be lots of ways to find out about candidates.
We know that glitches happen and sometimes there are issues meaning people can’t vote. However these can be resolved and the sooner they are identified the easier it is for the tech support team to assist.
Rules and Complaints
NUS is run by its members and elections have an important role in this, being used to elect our political leadership. Our rules set out how we run elections and cover what voters and candidates should expect when participating in elections.
If a voter feels that a candidate has fallen short of the standards we expect within the rules they are able to make a complaint which will be investigated by the Returning Officer.
The NUS UK rules and elections complaints form can be found here.
Announcing the Result
Once polls close the election count will take place which will involve viewing the online count data. We will then inform candidates of the results before announcing to voters.
We will announce winners on our website and social media.