NUS Delegate Elections

NUS Delegate Elections 2019/20

Each year, the Students’ Association sends individuals to represent Aberdeen University students at the NUS Conferences for Scotland and for the UK. There are 3 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.

NUS UK conference will take place in Liverpool from Tuesday 31st March to Friday 3rd April 2020. NUS Scotland Conference will take place in Dundee from Thursday 19th March to Friday 20th March 2020. Accommodation and travel are provided by AUSA for delegates for both conferences. 

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?

Those interested in nominating themselves will need 10 proposers and their student ID numbers. Nominations are submitted online and can be completed below. All students are eligible to stand. You'll also need to submit a manifesto by the deadline below to make sure your fellow students know why you're standing and why they should vote for you. If you don't submit a manifesto, your nomination won't be valid. 

  • Nominations open at 9am on Monday 13th January and close at 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020.
  • Manifesto deadline: Friday 24th January 2020, 10pm.
  • Voting takes place from 9am Tuesday 28th January and close at 5pm on Thursday 30th January 2020.
  • We will inform candidates of the outcome of the elections on Friday 31st January 2020.

For information on election rules click here.

If you have any questions about any of the roles or would like further information on what they involve, please email To nominate yourself, you will need to log in to AUSA's website and return to this page. 

NUS Conference (UK and Scotland) Delegate Election 2020

NUS Conference (UK and Scotland) Delegate Elections 2020 seeks to elect three members to attend NUS UK Conference and five members to participate in NUS Scotland Conference. The ballot will be gender balanced in line with the NUS Fair Representation Policy.

2 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 24 January 2020 (in 17 hours)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 28 January 2020 (in 4 days and 9 hours)

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

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.