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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.

NUS delegate elections 2019

To take part, please log in to our website. NUS delegates represent Sussex at a national level at NUS conferences.

6 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 15 February 2019 (in 3 weeks and 1 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 4 March 2019 (in 5 weeks and 3 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

12 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 15 February 2019 (in 3 weeks and 1 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 4 March 2019 (in 5 weeks and 3 days)

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

Information for candidates

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Election dates

Deadline for nomination for Union Executive and Trustee elections and NUS delegate elections
15th February 5pm - 5:01pm
There is a 9:00 deadline to nominate yourself for Union Executive and Trustee elections and as a NUS delegate. To nominate go to: https://www.sussexstudent.com/elections/
Candidates announced
25th February noon - 12:01pm
Check our website to see who is standing for this year's election
Voting opens for Executive and Trustee elections and NUS delegate election
4th March 9am - 8th March 5pm
Vote now to choose your representatives
Results announced for Exec and Trustee election
8th March 6pm - 6:01pm
Results of the Exec and Trustee election will be announced in Falmer House Common Room

Other elections