Elections to committee positions are one of the ways students shape and scrutinise our collective campaigning work. At conferences, this year there will be several elections to committee positions at NUS. There are no elections to full time officer positions this year as all our officers were elected to two-year terms in 2020.
Positions being elected this year
This year there are 33 committee positions being elected across the four nations. The roles’ key focus is on building and growing our democracy, scrutiny and oversight, campaigning support.
Building and growing our democracy – Procedures and Steering Committees
These committee positions are all about making sure students are an active part of decision making at NUS. Our democracy committees lead our thinking on new models of democracy and how we implement these at NUS. They oversee our conferences and processes for generating ideas from students and students' unions. They make sure that our democracy runs efficiently and is constantly evolving, incorporating the latest thinking on participatory democracy, restorative justice, and collective care. Each year we elect members of these committees in across the four nations and in our National and Liberation spaces.
Scrutiny and oversight – National Scrutiny Council
Throughout the year students oversee, scrutinise and feedback on our campaigning work. This scrutiny function ensures our campaigning work is based on what students have voted for, is in line with our values and reflective of what students need. As well as regular surgeries directly with members, at National Conference we elect a National Scrutiny Council to meet regularly throughout to scrutinise the work of the officers.
Campaign support – Liberation Campaign Committee
In our Liberation Conference a committee is elected to support the VP Liberation and Equality in delivering on Liberation Campaigns. These members facilitate and sustain the Liberation Student Campaigners Network for each liberation group, where students, sabbs, and SUs can share with, learn from, and support each other in their work. There are five positions representing Black*, Disabled, LGBT+, Trans and Women students
*Black is an inclusive term NUS uses to denote people of African, Arab, Asian, and Caribbean heritage.