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NUS announce candidates for first Vice President Liberation and Equality

Tuesday 19 May 2020

NUS has confirmed the candidates standing for its first ever Vice President Liberation and Equality.

The role, which is the result of reforms agreed by students at National Conference 2019, will be elected by delegates attending the NUS Liberation Conference on 27 May.

The successful candidate will join the newly elected National President, Vice President Higher Education and Vice President Further Education, as well as the Presidents of NUS-USI, NUS Scotland and NUS Wales, to make up the elected leadership of NUS UK for 2020 to 2022. Elections will take place online with voting due to close on 26 May at 5.00pm.

The candidates are:

  • Amelia McLoughlan, Durham Students Union
  • Hamsavani Rajeswaren, Queen's University Belfast Students' Union
  • Joshua Williams, University of Birmingham Guild of Students
  • Nelly Kibirige, London South Bank University Students' Union
  • Sara Khan, University of Manchester Students' Union.

NUS National President, Zamzam Ibrahim, said:

“This is the last democratic event of our conference season, taking place like our other events against the backdrop of coronavirus. There are big challenges ahead for the new Officer Executive, but I’ve seen during my time as national president just how strong the student movement is and the genuine hunger to campaign and make change happen. Right now, more than ever, that hunger is about ensuring students, of all walks of life and experiences, are supported as we face this crisis.”

The successful candidate will join an officer elect team that will lead NUS towards its 100th birthday and be charged with making sure that politicians and decision-makers hear the student voice loud and clear. The winner will be announced on 27 May, opening the Liberation Conference.

Voters, who are student delegates representing their students’ union, have a number of opportunities to find out more about the candidates and the issues they stand for, with:

  1. Candidate information on the Liberation Conference website and social media
  2. Links to candidate social media accounts so voters can interact direct with them
  3. Candidate question time hosted by Keme Nzerem, of Channel 4 news and ITV news (this took place online on 15 May and will be available from 20 May), and 
  4. Speeches from the candidates which will be posted online on 22 May.

NUS Liberation Conference 2020 takes place online on 27 May. For more information about the event visit this website.