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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: 27th March to 29th March, Glasgow
NUS Disabled Students' Conference: 2-3 May 2018, Manchester.
NUS Women Students' Conference: 10-11 April 2018, Solihull
NUS LGBT+ Students' Conference: 7-8 March 2018, Stratford-upon-Avon.
NUS Black Students' Conference: 12-13 May 2018. Bradford.
NUS Trans Students' Conference: 30th April - 1st May, 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.

Student Reps 2018

To take part please log in to our website. Student Reps seek out the views of their fellow students and represent these to their department, their school and the University. For the University and the Students' Union, Reps are an important way of listening to the student voice and responding to student concerns about teaching and learning, so it's important that you vote to ensure your Rep is representative! If you have any questions please contact Ellie, the Student Rep Assistant at the Students' Union at studentreps@sussexstudent.com.

224 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Thursday 27 September 2018 (in 7 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Friday 28 September 2018 (in 8 days)

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

Representative and LGBTQ Officer Elections 2018

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 LGBTQ 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 27 September 2018 (in 7 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Friday 28 September 2018 (in 8 days)

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

Union Executive and Trustee elections 2019

To take part, please log in to our website. The Union's Full-time Officers and Part-time Officers lead the Union. The Trustees oversee the Union's activities as part of the Union's charity trustee board. NUS delegates represent Sussex at a national level at NUS conferences

13 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 09:00 on Monday 11 February 2019 (in 20 weeks and 4 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 4 March 2019 (in 23 weeks and 4 days)

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

Information for candidates

Election dates

Nominations close for Student Rep, LGBTQ Officer and Representative election
27th September 5pm - 6pm
Nominations for Student Reps and Representatives will close on Thursday 27th September at 5pm
Vote Now for Student Reps, LGBTQ Officer and Representatives
28th September 9am - 1st October 5pm
Head to www.sussexstudent.com/vote to vote for the students that will represent you this year.

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