Have a view on national issues that affect students? Think it is important that students are well represented in discussions about national education policy? Every year the National Union of Students (NUS) hosts National Conferences to gather feedback from students on issues that relate specifically to them. Delegates are elected to represent Manchester Met students at a national level at NUS National Conferences and influence NUS decision making for the year ahead. At these conferences, delegates vote on motions put forward and elect NUS Officers to campaign on student issues.
As members of NUS — the national representative body for UK students — Manchester Met students are able to run in the upcoming election to become NUS delegates and attend the two conferences below.
When:31 March – 2 April 2020
What is it: Over 1,000 student representatives gather to attend the National Union of Students (NUS) annual conference, to decide what NUS should work on for the next three years.
Positions available: There are eight positions available to attend this conference with four places reserved for women and four open places. This is in line with NUS national policy that 50% of the delegation must be women, rounded down. The President will attend the Conference as ex-officio on behalf of The Union, and will act as the delegation leader.
When: 27 – 29 May 2020
What is it: The Liberation Conference brings together activists from NUS Liberation campaigns to build policy and discuss issues affecting students from Liberation groups. NUS Liberation campaigns support and fight for the rights of Black*, Disabled, LGBT+, Trans and Women students. Each of the campaigns are represented at the Conference with space for attendees to discuss matters relevant to members from the Liberation groups represented. The Conference is used to discuss policy, hold Officers to account and hold elections. This year NUS moves to a new Democratic model and look to implement Reform of NUS, there will be exciting changes to how the conference runs and how your delegates interact with it.
Positions available: The following positions are available to attend this conference:
• One Black* Student
• One additional place for a Black* Woman Student
• One Trans Student
• One LGBT+ Student
• One Disabled Student
• One Woman Student
*the NUS use Black to mean students from African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean heritage. All of these delegates must self-define in their respective category.
If you are interested in attending one of these conferences, all you need to do is submit a manifesto on why students should vote for you to represent them, get students to vote for you and win the election!
• Nominations open: Monday 28 October
• Nominations close: Monday 18 November
• Manifesto deadline: Wednesday 20 November
• Manifestos go live: Thursday 21 November
• Voting opens: Friday 22 November
• Voting closes: Thursday 28 November
• Results announced: Thursday 28 November
If you’ve got any questions about the NUS Delegate elections, feel free to contact our Voice Manager, Lisa Burton: firstname.lastname@example.org.