What is the NUS?
NUS stands for National Union of Students and it is a membership organisation that works to represent the views of students and Students’ Unions. Many students unions are affiliated to NUS, and some are not. Each Student Union pays to be a member of the NUS and receives a number of benefits for themselves and their students for doing so. NUS has five policy zones covering broad areas of issues affecting students: Further Education, Higher Education, Society and Citizenship, Union Development and Welfare. NUS is led by an elected committee of student representatives, including the President of NUS. A summary of the facts relating to NUS fees and services can be found here. You may have heard in the media that NUS is currently reviewing it's finances and governance and forecasting a large deficit for this year and future years. NUS are working through this with their 'Turnaround Project', more details can be found here.
Is Newcastle University Students’ Union affiliated to NUS?
No, a campus wide referendum was held in May 2016, where the majority of students voted to disaffiliate from NUS which came into effect from end December 2016.
Why are NUSU now holding another referendum?
NUSU are obliged to hold a referendum on affiliation to NUS every 3 (academic) years, as stated by the constitution. This applied whether we are affiliated to NUS or not. It has been decided that the best time to hold this during the academic year is the end of term 1,
What will I be asked and what are my options?
There will be one simple question for students to reply to:
Should Newcastle University Students’ Union become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS)?
The answers will be Yes (become a member or reaffiliate) or No (remain unaffiliated/outside of NUS)
When will voting open?
Voting will open on Monday 3rd December and all students are eligible to vote. The voting link is
What are the campaigners saying for Yes or No?
Links coming soon.
The role of NUSU, Officers and Rules Of Campaigning
All sabbatical officers have student status and are full members, they are therefore free to campaign and participate in elections, including referendums. NUSU as an organisation, however, remains neutral on the referendum and our media will show both the yes and no campaigns. A full run down of the rules of campaigning, can be found here.
What happens after the vote?
NUSU requires a 5% voter turnout for the vote to automatically carry. If we were to not reach this turnout then the trustee board can then vote to accept the result of the vote, regardless of turnout.
If we are to reaffiliate to NUS after the result of the referendum then this will not happen until the academic year 2019/20. This means NUSU will not have to pay the fee until Sept 2019, and also means that students cannot get the NUS discount cards until Sept 2019.