There are lots of opportunities to get involved in NUS’ democratic structures, but the obvious one is running for election at NUS Scotland Conference 2018!

Can you stand for election at Conference if you’re not a delegate? Yes! Read more ......

Please note to stand for election for these positions you do not have to be a delegate to NUS Scotland Conference – any student member of NUS Scotland can stand. If a candidate who is not a delegate is standing for election, they will be invited to attend the Conference during the election in order to take part in the hustings. Candidates who are not delegates will not have voting rights.

If you are thinking of standing for election, but are not a delegate to the Conference, please get in touch with democracy@nus-scotland.org.uk to find out more.

Full information on how to stand and nomination forms can be found on the Elections section of this hub.

What are the roles to be elected at Conference?

NUS Scotland Executive Committee

The NUS Scotland Executive Committee (SEC) is made up of a number of positions.

Full-time, paid positions:

  • President
  • Vice-President (Education)

Voluntary positions:

  • Vice-President (Communities)
  • 8 Executive Representatives (elected as two blocks of four, with one block reserved for women candidates, and two positions in each block reserved for college candidates)
  • Asylum and Refugee Officer

Scottish Procedures Committee

  • 3 positions on Scottish Procedures Committee (SPC) - SPC are responsible for the democracy of NUS Scotland, and the running of NUS Scotland Conference. There are five places in total but two places were elected for a two year period at Conference 2017 so there will be three places to be elected for a two year period at Conference 2018.

All of these positions will be elected at NUS Scotland Conference on 15 and 16 March in Dunblane.  The ballots for President and Vice President positions will be counted and announced before close of Conference; all other results will be announced as soon as possible after Conference.

Other SEC positions:

  • Women's Officer (full-time position, to be elected at Women's Conference on 17 April 2018)
  • LGBT+ Officer (voluntary, to be elected at LGBT Conference on 27 April 2018)
  • Black Students’ Officer (voluntary, to be elected at Black Students’ Conference on 25 April 2018)
  • Disabled Students’ Officer (voluntary, to be elected at Disabled Students’ Conference on 18 April 2018)
  • International Students’ Officer (voluntary, to be elected at Sections Conference on tbc)
  • Post-graduate Students’ Officer (voluntary, to be elected at Sections Conference on tbc)
  • Mature and part-time Students’ Officer (voluntary, to be elected at Sections Conference on tbc)
  • For 2018-19 there will be a Trans Campaign and the Trans Officer will be elected at Trans Conference on Thursday 26 April 2018)

Priority Campaign

The President leads on the NUS Scotland Priority Campaign. These are traditionally issues which are particularly important to students, such as access to college and university, college and university funding, student finance, and how colleges and universities are run.

Education Campaign

The Vice-President (Education) leads on the NUS Scotland Education Campaign. This is all about the educational part of your experience at college or university (or wherever you study!). They work to improve students’ experiences throughout their education and to make sure students’ views can make a real difference to decisions in their colleges and universities.

Communities Campaign

The Vice-President (Communities) leads on the NUS Scotland Communities Campaign, which is where NUS Scotland works to improve the lives of students as members of society.

Housing, the environment, health, unemployment, social justice, are examples of areas that affect students, but that also offer opportunities for NUS Scotland and our members to directly affect the country, or even the world, more generally.

So how do I get elected?

The elections rules and schedules are available from the Chief Returning Officer for positions to be elected at NUS Scotland Conference, in the Election Schedule and Rules document.

Nominations for the positions of President, Vice President (Education), Vice President (Communities), Executive Representatives and Asylum and Refugee Officer will open on Monday 8 January 2018 and close at 12 noon on Thursday 1 February 2018.

Nominations for Scottish Procedures Committee will open and close at Conference on 15 and 16 March 2018.

Information will be made available in advance of the liberation and section conferences.

Where can I find out more?

We have produced a Candidate pack which gives more information, or you can contact the current Executive Committee or NUS Scotland staff through NUS Scotland at democracy@nus-scotland.org.uk, tel: 0131 556 6598.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at democracy@nus-scotland.org.uk, or by phoning the NUS Scotland office on 0131 556 6598.