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.
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)