NUS Delegate Elections

NUS Delegate Elections

Each year AUSA hosts elections for individuals to represent our university's students at the NUS  Scotland and UK Conferences.  Any student currently enrolled at the University of Aberdeen can nominate themselves to stand at the elections to become part of the NUS delegation.

There are 4 delegate positions for the UK Conference and 5 Scotland Conference positions being elected. These delegates will be elected in line with the Fair Representation Policy passed by the NUS Conference in 2014, further details can be found below. For more information on the NUS, visit the AUSA NUS page or the NUS website.

The Role of a Delegate

There are three main roles of a Delegate at NUS Conferences which includes: voting on policy, voting in elections, voting on reports.

Policy – setting the direction

Delegates will deliberatively and collaboratively discuss and vote on motions which will become the policies of NUS when passed. The policy will inform the organisation about what you, its student members, think about key issues. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to how NUS enacts its policy and the actions you want them to take.

This policy will be enacted by Officers, Action Groups and campaign teams, working with student officers and students across the country.

Elections – choosing the leadership

Delegates will elect the Officers and committee members for the year ahead for the relevant Officer positions and Steering Committees. Elections will take place in the lead up to conference, electronically through UnionCloud, with the close of voting and the announcement of results taking place at conference.

Reports – reviewing the work

Delegates will review the work of the various committees, councils and governing bodies. Delegates will have the opportunity to hold to account the officers responsible by asking them questions and voting on whether to approve it.

Have a look at the video below for more info on NUS' Democracy. 

Interested in Standing?

Nominations are submitted online and can be done when nominations open. You'll also need to submit a manifesto to make sure your fellow students know why you're standing and why they should vote for you. Your nomination will only be valid if all three steps are completed. 

For information on election rules click here.

You can find the election on our website, and nominate yourself, here.

If you have any questions about any of the roles or would like further information on what they involve, please email elections@abdn.ac.uk. 

What is 'Fair Representation'?

At National Conference 2014, delegates voted to change NUS' rules around delegations to Conference, meaning that from this year, all students' unions must send delegations that include at least 50% self-defining women (rounded down) as a way of ensuring that conference floor is representative of the student movement. 

Guidance about Fair Representation can be found here.