By Beds SU
Monday, 15 November 2021
The NUS (National Union of Students) champion students to have a voice in the conversations regarding the future of education here in the UK as well as promoting, defending, and extending student rights on matters such as discrimination, isolation, and injustice through targeted campaigns.
Beds SU is one of approximately 600 Students’ Unions affiliated with the NUS, focused on offering students a platform to discuss, debate and campaign for change on a host of matters that are important to students studying in the UK.
What is an NUS Delegate?
An NUS delegate is a student chosen by their student community to listen, gather and share their feedback on a variety campaigns and policies at the NUS annual conference. Held over two days the conference is a platform for all attendees to be part of a variety of discussions and debates focused on creating change within the education sector.
Prior to the conference delegates spend approximately eight weeks working alongside the Executive Team, listening to students’, and agreeing which topics students here at the University of Bedfordshire would like to support at the conference.
Aside from working alongside the Exec team, delegates can hold meetings with students be it in person or online that offer students a platform to share their views.
NUS positions are open to students at any stage of their degree. These voluntary (un-paid) roles can be undertaken alongside your studies.
What campaigns are the NUS currently supporting?
The NUS supports several campaigns at any one time. These currently include:
A recent win for the NUS was the first phase of the Students Deserve Better campaign. The campaign focused on students’ needs throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and resulted in the around £174m being secured in hardship funds for students across the UK. You can read more about the progress of this campaign here.
How many roles are available?
This year we have four positions available
- Two reserved for students who self-identify as a woman
- Two open to all students
A fifth position will be held by your Beds SU Co-President Quadri Yusuf.
- Monday, 15 November, 9am - Applications open and close Friday, 26 November, 4pm
- Monday, 6 December, 9am until Monday, 13 December, 4pm - students can choose their delegates
- Wednesday, 15 December, 12 noon - Results announcement
- Monday, 28 – Tuesday 29 March 2022 - NUS conference –Liverpool
To apply you need to be a current student at the University of Bedfordshire and be available to attend conference (virtually or in-person on Monday 28 – Tuesday 29 March, 2022). Beds SU will cover the cost of your travel and accommodation or technical requirements. All applicant names will be shared with the student community here at the university who will then choose the students they wish to see champion them on this national stage.
Why should I apply?
These voluntary roles give you an opportunity to be part of the wider debates around education in the UK. If it’s something you have a passion in, then it could be the role for you.
Beds SU will offer you training and support throughout your time in position and it looks great on your CV.
To find out more about the role and the application process click here. If you have a query contact Amy McLaughlan Deputy Returning Officer/Returning Officer NUS at Elections@beds.ac.uk.
You can also find the Election Rules and Regulation here. Grievances can be made about any candidate or the elections process using the Grievance Form until 5pm on Monday 13th December. Appeals should be sent using the Appeals Form.