At National Conference we elect our student leadership who will be leading the work of NUS for the next two years. We also elect key volunteer positions that allow for effective oversight and scrutiny of our democracy.
4 members of the Democratic Procedures Committee (2 year term)
There are 4 places being elected this year and these are two-year positions. In total there are 9 students on DPC with half being elected each year to ensure continuity.
DPC is all about running NUS’ democracy in a fair impartial manner. The job of DPC is to set and implement rules to make sure our democratic spaces run well.
In the newly reformed NUS there is a new and exciting role for DPC in implementing our Doing Democracy Differently project. We know that members want us to make democratic spaces more engaging, participatory and fun. We also know that students want to access more digital democracy. We’ve made some key steps in doing this in 2020, but there is much more we can do. DPC have a really important and strong role in leading this work.
Practically the role involves meeting online via skype throughout the year and liaising with NUS staff to about rules, ways of working and policy proposals.
Becoming a candidate
1. Find out if you are eligible
To be eligible to stand as an election candidate you must be a current student or sabbatical officer at a Students’ Union which is an affiliated member of NUS at the time of the election.
You must also be nominated by other students. You must receive nominations from students or sabbatical officers in different Students’ Unions (one can be from your SU). The number of nominations required is:
For each person nominating we need proof of student status. They also need to meet the same eligibility criteria as you (e.g. only FE students can make nominations for the Vice President Further Education). Names of your nominators will be publicized on your candidacy information.
We also ask that you prepare information for your candidacy to be submitted when you stand.
You must do this online by the stated deadline. The forms are available at the links below:
Democratic Procedures Committee
Form available here
Deadline 31 March 12 noon
Any applications made after the deadline will not be considered. You should allow plenty of time to account for any technical issues.
On the form you will be asked for the following information. We advise you gather this together in advance of submitting your application
In addition, the following are optional but we recommend you have this
Once your candidacy application has been submitted you will receive an automatic email. If you do not receive this email you must let us know before the deadline.
After the deadline for application the Returning Officer will review your application. If we need further information we’ll ask you to provide this in a specified timeframe.