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NUS’ national officer candidates revealed

Wednesday 26 February 2020

NUS (National Union of Students) has confirmed the candidates standing for NUS National President and education Vice-President roles, which will be decided at its National Conference, in Liverpool.

The successful candidates will join the Presidents of NUS-USI, NUS Scotland and NUS Wales and the new position of Vice President Liberation, to make up the new elected leadership of NUS UK for 2020 to 2022.

For the first time in NUS’ history, elections will take place online and voting will be open to the 1000+ representatives from higher and further education and apprentices who are registered for NUS Conferences 2020; the national officer roles of president, vice president higher education and vice president further education results are announced at National Conference, while the other officers’ results are announced at their respective conferences.

The candidates are:

National President

James Butler - Warwick Students' Union

Ayokunle Falana - University of Wolverhampton Students' Union

Calvin  Jansz - University of Brighton Students' Union     

Larissa Kennedy - Warwick Students' Union         

Nelly Kibirige - London South Bank University Students' Union

Joshua Muirhead - University of Stirling Students' Union

Erica Ramos - National Union of Students 

Vice-President Further Education

Salsabeel Elmegri - Bradford College Students' Union     

Aldrich Gonsalves - Dudley College of Technology Students' Union       

Peter Hopwood - Godalming College Students' Association        

Vice-President Higher Education

Hillary  Gyebi-Ababio - University of Bristol Students' Union

Sajjad Hossain - London South Bank University Students' Union

Ross Loveitt - University College Birmingham Guild of Students 

Maisie  Sanders - Birkbeck College Students' Union

NUS National President, Zamzam Ibrahim, said:

“This is truly an exciting time to join NUS. There are big challenges ahead, but I’ve seen during my time as national president that the student movement is as strong as ever and there is a genuine hunger to campaign and make change happen.

“From fighting for access to universal healthcare to standing up for equality and human rights, history shows that when students lead, others follow. The successful candidates will lead NUS to tackle important issues and make sure that politicians and decision-makers hear the student voice loud and clear.”

Voting for these roles will open on Monday 16 March and will close on Tuesday 31 March, day one of National Conference. Voters, who are student delegates representing their students’ union, will have a number of opportunities to find out more about the candidates and the issues they stand for as campaigning begins today. For example:

  1. Candidate information on the NUS Connect and NUS.org.uk website and social media
  2. Links to candidate social media accounts so voters can interact with candidates
  3. Candidate question time open to all students and voters. This will be held in the weeks preceding conference and there will be the opportunity to pre-submit questions.
  4. Speeches at conference. Candidates will also give a short speech at the conference outlining their approach to campaigning as an officer and why they want to stand.

NUS National Conference 2020 takes place from Tuesday 31 March – Thursday 2 April 2020 at the ACC, Liverpool. For more information about the venue and event guidance information visit this page.