How to Stand

To stand for election to an NUS position you simply need to follow the 3 steps we outline below.

Before you start the process make sure you read the Election Rules and Guidance and the role profiles of the positions. You also need to read through our Code of Conduct which outlines what we expect all our candidates to adhere to throughout the election process.

Eligibility

Any individual student member as defined in clause 16 of the NUS Articles and clause 620 of the NUS Rules. This includes students aged over 16 or sabbatical officers at a Constituent Member (CM) of NUS and NUS Full Time Officers. A Constituent Member is a Students’ Union/Association affiliated to NUS.

To clarify, this means:

For NEC Places and FTO Roles: Only students, Officers in a CM or an NUS Full time officer may stand for election for these positions.

For DPC and Steering Committee Roles: Only students, Officers in a CM or current NUS Committee members may stand for election for these positions. Please refer to campaign Standing Orders for specific eligibility guidance for Steering Committees.

In addition, for roles which are reserved or elected by a specific Section or Liberation Campaign candidates must meet further eligibility criteria e.g. for participation in the democracy of that campaign as defined in their standing orders; for some roles candidates must self-define into a liberation group. Full details can be found in the Schedule of Elections and we also recommend candidates consult the relevant Standing Orders/Rules.

Nominations

To stand for election you will need a number of students to nominate you. For full-time officer positions you will need 10 nominations and for voluntary positions you need at least 1 nomination unless otherwise stated in this document. 

Any individual student member as defined in clause 16 of the NUS Articles and clause 620 of the NUS Rules may nominate someone for election as long as they meet the same eligibility criteria as the person standing for election. For some positions you may only nominate if you define into the same area the position is representing – e.g. only Mature students may nominate for Mature Students rep etc

Your nominators may only nominate one candidate in each election. We therefore recommend you check with the people nominating you that they have not nominated another candidate. We recommend you provide more than the minimum number of nominators on your nomination form, so that if any are ineligible you can still meet the minimum requirements.

Nomination Forms

For Full Time Officer Positions the process for submitting your nomination is to fill in the online form on the Sections Conference pages on NUS Connect. We have outlined the steps you need to consider for submitting a form so please follow each of the steps and fill the form in online.

For most voluntary positions nominations close at the conference where the election is taking place, though there are exceptions and you should thoroughly check the schedule of elections below which outlines nomination periods for each election. Copies of the forms will be available at the conference either online or paper based and you will also be able to access forms on NUS Connect

 
Full time positions

There are 3 steps you need to follow to stand for election to any NUS Full Time Officer Positions.

Step 1 | Your eligibility and personal details

You will need to provide us with your full name, address, phone number and email address.

You will also need to confirm with us what Constituent Member (Students’ Union/Association affiliated to NUS) you are a member of and provide us with proof of your student status. You will need one of the following:

1.    A letter from an institution confirming your student status
2.    A letter from a students’ union/guild/association confirming your student status            
3.    A letter confirming that you are a member of an NUS Committee
4.    A scan of your valid student card, which clearly shows the name of institution and expiry date

You need to make sure you read the role profile to understand what the role involves and what would be expected of you should you be elected. In the event of you being successfully elected you will be required to sign an employment agreement with NUS, adhere to NUS’ policies and procedures and may be subject to a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Step 2 | Your nominations

You will need at least 10 people from different Constituent Members to agree to nominate you to the position you wish to stand in election for. You may not nominate yourself. We recommend you gather more than 10 nominations in case of errors. 

For each person you will need their full name, their Constituent Member and proof of their student status in one of the following ways:

1.    A letter from an institution confirming their student status
2.    A letter from a students’ union/guild/association confirming their student status
3.    A letter confirming that the nominator is a member of an NUS Committee
4.    A scan of their valid student card, which clearly shows the name of institution and expiry date

Anyone who is a student at an affiliated union of the NUS or one of its committees (including the National Executive Council) can nominate you for election for the open place position. They must however also meet the eligibility criteria e.g. people nominating for LGBT+ Officer must be a student at a constituent member who self-defines as LGBT+

By providing proof of their student status and consenting for you to use it on the nomination form they are publicly declaring their nomination for you. Their name and constituent member will be published online once your nomination has been accepted.

As a candidate it is your responsibility to make sure you collect all 10 of your nominations and their proof of student status and submit it through our online form before the deadline. It is your responsibility to make sure the information is accurate and you need to understand that providing false nominations or evidence will be investigated by the Chief Returning Officer and could potentially result in disqualification from the election.

If anyone is unsure as to what is acceptable proof of student status, they should contact democracy@nus.org.uk before the close of nominations.


Step 3 | Your manifesto and supporting statement 

Please note that this step is optional but we would strongly recommend it. 

Manifesto

Submit a manifesto to support your nomination. A manifesto is a statement about why you are standing for the position. We will be creating a manifesto booklet for the Conference and publishing all manifestos online on the Conference pages on NUS Connect and promoting it to all constituent members of NUS. 

To ensure your manifesto is included in the published booklet you need to submit it in two formats:
1.    The manifesto must be received as a PDF document of no more than 2 A4 pages
2.    You must also submit a plain text copy in a word document for accessibility purposes

Political description/Supporting statement
Each candidate is allowed to give a political description/ supporting statement of not more than six words which will appear on the ballot paper and next to the candidate profile on our website. 

Photo 


Submit a ‘heads and shoulders’ photo of yourself with a clear background. There must not be anyone else included in the photo and the image must be of a high quality for us to edit to the right size to uploaded onto our website. 

Biography


Submit a short statement introducing yourself of no more than 100 words. We will be putting up this up online on NUS Connect along with your headshot and a link to your manifesto. 

For your Manifesto, Biography and Photo to be included in our published media or on our website you must submit them along with your nomination form before the deadline. 

NOTE: NUS and the Returning Officer cannot accept responsibility for the content of any external websites advertised by individual candidates within their manifesto or supporting statements. 

Answer constituent questions

After the close of nominations we will be circulating several questions that constituent members have asked the candidates. The Chief Returning Officer (or their appointed Deputy) will determine which questions will be asked. You will have the opportunity to answer these questions and we will be publishing your answers on the Conference pages on NUS Connect. 

You should submit your nomination form online via NUS Connect by the deadline stated in the Schedule of Elections

You can find links to nomination forms on the elections page of NUS Connect.

Any nominations received after this deadline will not be accepted unless a valid reason is approved by the Chief Returning Officer.

The deadline for nominations is 25 February 12 noon

Voluntary Positions

There are 3 steps you need to follow to stand for election to any voluntary position most of which can be completed whilst at the Conference itself but here outlines the process so you can think ahead and get started. 

Step 1 | Your eligibility and personal details

 

You will need to provide us with your full name, address, phone number and email address. 

You will also need to confirm with us what Constituent Member (Students’ Union/Association affiliated to NUS) you are a member of.

You need to make sure you read the role profile to understand what the role involves and what would be expected of you should you be elected. In the event of you being successfully elected you will be required to adhere to NUS’ policies and procedures.

Step 2 | Your nominations

You will need other students, usually delegates at the conference to nominate you for election. For some elections only certain types of student who identify into a certain group may nominate you. Please see below for the full list of nomination requirements for each position. You may not nominate yourself. 

To nominate you they must complete the online form available on the Sections Conference pages on NUS Connect.

There will be provision to publicise the nomination forms of all candidates for elections at for at least 4 hours before voting. 

Step 3 | Your speech

Please note that this step is optional but we would strongly recommend it. 

At Conference you will be given an opportunity to speak to voting delegates at conference to explain why you are standing for the positions and why they should vote for you. The length of the speech will be determined by the Returning Officer after the close of nominations.  

Stand for election

The deadline for nominations is 25 February 12 noon