Following the joint meeting of NUS Boards on 16 January 2019, the Chief Returning Officer is now in a position to publish an election timeline and process for the year.

You can read the statement from NUS regarding elections for 2019-20 here.

You can read the letter from the Chief Returning Officer regarding the elections here.




There are lots of opportunities to get involved in NUS’ democratic structures, but the obvious one is running for election at NUS Scotland Conference 2019!

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 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 position:

  • President

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 Representative

Scottish Procedures Committee

  • 2 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 three places were elected for a two year period at Conference 2018 so there will be two places to be elected for a two year period at Conference 2019.

All of these positions will be elected at NUS Scotland Conference on 21 and 22 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 Representative (voluntary position, to be elected at Women's Conference) 
  • LGBT+ Representative (voluntary, to be elected at LGBT Conference)  
  • Black Students’ Representative (voluntary, to be elected at Black Students’ Conference)
  • Disabled Students’ Representative (voluntary, to be elected at Disabled Students’ Conference)
  • Trans Representative (voluntary, to be elected at Trans Conference) 
  • International Students’ Representative (voluntary, to be elected at Sections Conference)
  • Post-graduate Students’ Representative (voluntary, to be elected at Sections Conference)
  • Mature and part-time Students’ Representative (voluntary, to be elected at Sections Conference)


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 and these can be found in the 'About' tab under 'Conference documents'.

Nominations for the positions of President, Vice President (Communities), Executive Representatives and Asylum and Refugee Officer will open on 28 January 2019.

Nominations for Scottish Procedures Committee will open and close at Conference on 21 and 22 March 2019.

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

If you have any questions, you can contact us at democracy@nus-scotland.org.uk