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What do NUS conference delegates do?

Conference delegates attend a National Union of Students (NUS) conference to represent Sussex. Delegates can vote on our behalf and take part in discussions.

The time commitment required is the duration of the conference (including time required to travel to and from the location) as well as a briefing prior to the conference and debriefing and/or report writing after the conference.

The Students' Union covers conference registration fees, accommodation and travel for delegates.

You can read more about them on the NUS conferences website.

What conferences are there?

National conference is the sovereign body of the NUS, it sets policy for the year ahead in each of the 5 zones (Society & Citizienship, Higher Education, Further Education, Welfare and Union Development) and elects NUS President, Vice Presidents and Block of 15 representatives on the NUS National Executive Council.

It is also where the budget for the year ahead is decided through the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Every year over 1,500 delegates arrive at the conference from institutions across the United Kingdom.

The LGBT+ students', Trans students' Women students', Disabled students' and Black students' conferences are an opportunity for student activists from across the UK to come together to set the direction for the campaign for the year ahead and elect their Officers and Committee.

One of the key functions of these conference is to debate and vote on motions, which become the policy for five years. 

When and where are the conferences?

NUS National Conference: 9th-11th April 2019, Glasgow
NUS Disabled Students' Conference: 8th-9th May 2019, Manchester
NUS Women Students' Conference: 22nd-23rd May 2019, Bristol
NUS LGBT+ Students' Conference: 5th-6th March 2019, Sheffield
NUS Black Students' Conference: 15th-17th March 2019, Bradford
NUS Trans Students' Conference: 30th-31st January 2019, Manchester

Who can be a conference delegate?

Any student can nominate themself. For the LGBT, Women, Disabled, Trans and Black students' conferences, candidates must self define as a member of that group.

For some conferences there are places allocated for particular students, e.g. women students. Our national conference delegation must be at least 50% women. See the post list for information about allocated places. 

How do I nominate myself?

During the nomination period, just log in to our website and nominate yourself below. All you need to do is to confirm your contact details. You can choose to upload a photo, slogan of up to 6 words and/or manifesto of up to 100 words. These are optional but recommended.

National Union of Students (NUS) Delegates' Election 2020

To take part, please log in to our website. National Union of Students (NUS) delegates represent Sussex University Students' at a national level at NUS conferences.

6 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 14 February 2020 (in 21 weeks and 0 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 2 March 2020 (in 23 weeks and 3 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Representatives and Trans and Non-Binary Students' Officer Elections 2019/20

There are five Representatives, representing the following groups of students: Student Parents, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, First Generation Scholars Students and International Students. Representatives actively work to ensure that the views and needs of the relevant group are considered within the Union and University community. The Trans and Non-Binary Students' Part-time officer is also included in this election as the previous postholder had to stand down.

6 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Thursday 3 October 2019 (in 13 days)

The polls open at 12:00 on Friday 4 October 2019 (in 14 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Students' Union Trustees Election 2020

To take part, please log in to our website. The Trustees oversee the Students' Union's activities as part of its charity trustee board.

1 post is up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 14 February 2020 (in 21 weeks and 0 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 2 March 2020 (in 23 weeks and 3 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Student Reps 2019/2020 Autumn Term Applications

To take part please log in to our website. 1st and Foundation years and Postgraduates can apply or vote as Student Reps for the upcoming year. There are some vacant positions for 2nd and 3rd year reps within this selection process so if your course is showing here, you are able to apply and vote. Some positions will already have been filled in the first application process in the Spring. If you have any questions, or the right positions are not showing up, please contact Ellie, the Student Rep Assistant at the Students' Union at studentreps@sussexstudent.com.

215 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Thursday 3 October 2019 (in 13 days)

The polls open at 12:00 on Friday 4 October 2019 (in 14 days)

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