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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 after the conference.

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

You can read more about being a delegate 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 and elects the NUS President, Vice Presidents and 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 Liberation conference is an opportunity for student activists from across the UK to come together to set the direction for the liberation campaigns for the year ahead and elect their Officers and Committee. There are 5 NUS Liberation campaigns, who represent: LGBT+ students, Trans students, Women students, Disabled students and Black students. 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: 31st March-2nd April, Liverpool
NUS Liberation Conference: 27th-29th May, Location TBC

Who can be a conference delegate?

Any student can nominate themself.

There are 5 delegates for National Conference and 2 of these places must be filled by women.

There are 6 places for the Liberation Conference, which are: one woman student, one disabled student, one LGBT+ student, one trans student, one Black* student and one additional place for a Black* woman student. To run for these places, you must self-define as a member of that group.

In December, we elected 4 delegates for National Conference and 2 for Liberation Conference. You can nominate yourself for one of five unfilled positions in our January by-election here

Unfilled places for National Conference:

  • One Woman student

Unfilled places for Liberation Conference:

  • One Black* Student
  • One additional place for a Black* Woman Student
  • One Trans Student
  • One Disabled Studen

*The term ‘Black’ is used by the NUS to refer to African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean people and those who self-define as Black.

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. 

Sustainability Committee Elections 2019/2020

Election for the Students' Union Sustainability Committee Reps for the 2019/20 academic year.

13 posts are up for election.

Nominations open at 09:00 on Monday 27 January 2020 (in 23 hours)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 10 February 2020 (in 14 days)

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

January by-election 2020

To take part, please log in to our website. This is a by-election for unfilled positions from the Autumn Term elections. There are: 5 NUS delegate positions, 2 Representatives and 1 Part Time Officer. National Union of Students (NUS) delegates represent Sussex University Students' at a national level at NUS conferences. Please note - Nominations are only open for the these places: Black Students, Black Women Students, Disabled Students and Trans Students at Liberation Conference and Women Students at National Conference. All other positions are currently full. The NUS Liberation Conference will take place on 27th - 29th May. The NUS National Conference will take place on 31st March - 2nd April. To find out more about the Representative positions, please see here: https://www.sussexstudent.com/democracy/representative-elections/ To find out more about the Part Time Officers, please see here: https://www.sussexstudent.com/democracy/part-time-officer-elections/

8 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 09:00 on Monday 3 February 2020 (in 7 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Wednesday 5 February 2020 (in 9 days)

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

Students' Union Officer Election 2020 | Nominate yourself here

To take part, please log in to our website. This is the first election for the Students' Union Executive Team with the new Full Time Officer roles. These roles have been reviewed over the last few months and in consultation with students, a new Officer Team has been created. The Trustees oversee the Students' Union's activities as part of its charity trustee board.

12 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Thursday 20 February 2020 (in 3 weeks and 4 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 23 March 2020 (in 8 weeks and 0 days)

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

Information for candidates

Information about NUS delegate elections

Election dates

Nominations for January by-election (NUS Conference delegates, 2 Representatives and 1 Part-time Officer) close on the 3rd February 2020.

Voting will take place between 5th-7th February 2020.