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NUS Reform passes with majority vote

Tuesday 21 May 2019

NUS members have voted overwhelmingly to support reform of the near 100-year-old organisation, at a Company Law Meeting held in Manchester.

Presented with two resolutions – one changing its Articles of Association and Rules, and another outlining an approach for the delivery of reform – members voted conclusively to dissolve the NUS Group and create two distinct entities owned by students’ unions.

Speaking at the Company Law Meeting, President Shakira Martin said:

“Today is a really important step towards securing a stable, sustainable and bright future for NUS. It is a day to be celebrated as it’s the final decision that enables reform to begin, but it’s not the end of our journey.

“We’ve come a long way in a very short time building on the consultations, engagement and support of members in recent years. Now we need to prepare a plan for transition, so we deliver what members, officers and students have told us they want their NUS to be.

“I am immensely proud of the hard work staff, officers, board members and members have put in to get us to this point. I am very pleased to be handing NUS over to a new President in a much better position than it was just a few months ago, with a clear mandate for change, and the permissions she needs to make it all happen.”

Notes to editors

Articles and Rules

The first looked at the NUS Reform proposals, as approved by delegates at National Conference. This resolution passed with 143 votes for and 1 vote against and means that the Articles of Association and Rules approved at National Conference are now formally adopted. They replace the previous Articles and Rules with immediate effect.

NUS Group Reform

The principles for the next stages of implementing the Turnaround Board’s proposals. This resolution passed with 137 votes for and 0 votes against. It means that:

  •  NUS will become two distinct entities, both owned by Students’ Unions:

a)   a company whose purpose is to deliver a national student voice, and

b)   a charity whose purpose is to support students’ union development.

  • Subject to legal and tax advice NUS Holdings will be wound down in due course and its assets and liabilities divided in accordance with the following factors:

a)   professional advice

b)   its Articles and the Articles of the other entities

c)    in proportion to the current financial status of each entity, and

d)   in proportion to the division of work in the new entities.

  • The affiliation fee paid by member students’ unions will be reduced, effective from 1 July 2020, subject to financial and legal checks. The fee will reduce to 2.5% of grants with an upper cap of £37,500 and a lower cap of £250.
  • The affiliation fee will be organised as a gateway with the primary membership being to NUS UK for an affiliation fee set at 2% of grants and with the option to join the NUS Charity for an affiliation fee set at 0.5% of grants.
  • The NUS UK affiliation membership will give members full access to all activities and a stake in the governance of the organisation.
  • The NUS Charity membership will give members access to a core provision of support with the option to take advantage of other services and products provided at rates only open to members.
  • The NUS Charity should mirror the provision set out in the NUS UK Articles to enable associate membership.
  • Subject to the requirements of charity law and good practice, NUS Charity will take trustees from the board of directors of NUS UK.
  • The affiliation fee (and any other appropriate income) to the NUS Charity will fund ‘core’ activity, as outlined in the NUS Reform Notes & Guidance paper. Additional funding will be sought through the curation of a dynamic market place where NUS will support students’ unions to come together to purchase products and commission services.

NUS Services will become part of the NUS Charity organisation, either absorbed as part of the organisation or as a subsidiary company dependent on appropriate tax and legal