Loughborough Students' Union recently held a referendum to decide on whether to continue its membership with the NUS. The referendum did not meet the quorum of 4000 students, although the consenus from those who did vote was that LSU should leave the NUS. The decision was referred to the Board of Trustees who voted to leave, taking the views of the students on board.
Loughborough Students' Union will disaffiliate from the NUS in December 2016.
The National Union of Students (NUS) is much more than a card that gets you student discounts; it’s the largest democratic student organisation in Europe!
With 5.5 million members it has far more members than any political party, charity or trade union in the UK. It works to represent students on a national level, lobbying the Government and universities on a wide-range of issues including tuition fees and teaching standards.
Every year the National Union of Students holds a National Conference which sets policy for the NUS for the year ahead in each of the 5 zones and holds NUS elections. It is also where the budget for the year ahead for NUS is decided through the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The 5 NUS Zones
Covers things that affect the study and development of students in Further Education.
Deals with issues that affect the study and development of students in Higher Education.
Society and Citizenship
Issues that affect students in wider society, the world and student engagement with those areas is worked on.
Looks at supporting students’ unions in their role of supporting students and providing them with services.
Decides the work that supports the wellbeing of students in their institutions, their homes and their families.
How Can You Get Involved?
Every year the Union appoints 7 NUS delegates (4 University and 3 College) who represent Loughborough at the National Conference and will help shape policy and collect the views of students in order to vote on motions.
This is a wonderful opportunity to shape the student movement and training will be provided to all delgates.