Sara Khan has been elected NUS UK’s (National Union of Students) first ever Vice President Liberation and Equality at its Liberation Conference 2020.
Students, elected officers and campaigners from further and higher education, including apprentices, from across the UK, are taking part in a virtual conference today (Wednesday 27 May) due to the coronavirus outbreak, to vote on the organisation’s liberation campaign priorities.
Sara was elected NUS UK Vice President Liberation and Equality, for a two-year term, achieving 49% of votes cast. Voting took place following the introduction of sweeping reforms approved at NUS National Conference 2019, with a 73% turnout recorded. Voting was open to delegates from NUS member students’ unions between 13 and 26 May.
Sara Khan of University of Manchester Students' Union wants to see liberation embedded throughout the student movement via political education, supporting and building links between liberation officers, volunteers and activists across the UK, while lobbying for a free and accessible liberated education for all. Commenting Sara Khan, said:
“I'm still processing this result and everything that's happened! But first off, I want to thank my fellow candidates. It was incredible running in an election alongside such passionate people, with incredible experience and vision for NUS, who all ran great, honest campaigns, especially in the current circumstances. It's so heartening to see how much we all care about Liberation within NUS, how much we all want to fight to keep it alive.
“It's also incredibly meaningful to me personally to have won this election as an out and proud queer Muslim. It's a real testament to the value our membership puts in strong politics and ideas, to cross liberation work, to making our communities and our campaigns really work for those of us that live on the intersections, those of us that are most marginalised in our society. I'm humbled that the membership has put their faith in me to be their first VP Liberation and Equality, and I can't wait to get started bringing NUS into the future.”
Notes to editors:
- The National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions. We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students. We promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions.
- NUS is run by a team of full-time elected officers, who make up the Officer Executive and who will all sit on the new NUS Board from 1 July. NUS National Conference elects the National President, and two Vice Presidents (Further and Higher Education), while nation conferences elect the presidents of NUS-USI, NUS Scotland and NUS Wales. The new NUS Liberation Conference elects the new position of Vice President Liberation and Equality. Together they make up the newly elected leadership of NUS UK for 2020 to 2022.
- In addition, the following voluntary positions will be elected at Liberation Conference: 5 members of the Liberation Campaign Committee (One member will be elected from each of the five Liberation caucuses, these positions are for one-year terms); and 8 members of the Liberation Steering Committee to oversee the running of the Liberation Conference (5 of these members will be elected from the five caucuses and three more from the conference as a whole). These elections close on 1 June.
More information about the election results is available here.