YUSU is a member organisation of the National Union of Students (NUS). Established in 1922, the NUS represents around 7 million students across the UK and campaigns to promote and improve student rights. Like YUSU, the NUS is a democratic, student-led organisation and has elected Officers who run campaigns on a wide range of issues relevant to students and respond to policy ideas submitted by their membership.
From 12th-13th April the NUS will hold its annual National Conference - the largest democratic gathering of students in the world. Due to the size of the student population at the University of York, we are eligible to send 6 delegates to National Conference, one of which is reserved for the Union President (Patrick O'Donnell). The other 5 delegate positions are elected by a cross-campus ballot.
At NUS National Conference 2014, delegates passed a policy to ensure that delegations to National Conference would be made up of ‘at least 50% self-defining women, rounded down’. For us, that means at least 3 of our 5 elected delegates will be self-defining women.
NUS Delegates are elected by Single Transferable Vote (STV). Nominations for the positions were open an extended period of over 2 weeks and voting was held between 4th - 11th December 2020. 6 students stood in the election and 93 votes were cast online. As a result the NUS Delegates that have been elected to represent the students of the University of York at the NUS National Conference are:
Brian Terry, Peter Hopwood and Patrick O'Donnell (ex-officio)
Unfortunately we did not have enough self-defining women students come forward to run as candidates or receive enough votes to be elected. This means we have 3 vacant places in our delegate reserved for self-defining women which will now be open to co-option. If you are interested in the role please email [email protected]