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Elections Support Service

Key Information       

  • For 2017/18 elections, students’ unions that are members of NUS can name Alison Chappell, NUS Deputy Chief Executive, as Returning Officer for free.
  • Alison will be supported by other experienced staff to advise on the decisions that are referred to them in their role as Returning Officer
  • NUS Elections Support Service is delivered by a network of Membership Engagement Executives across the country to support Deputy Returning Officers (DROs) and their teams in students’ unions.
  • Membership Engagement Executives will not be signing off elections or making final judgements, but they can provide a link between yourselves and the Returning Officer, providing a local context and knowledge of local rules and regulations at such times they are needed.

Background

NUS sees its role in supporting students’ union elections as a vital part of its membership offer. Students’ unions are able to ensure their elections are free and fair through the support of an independent national body, with experience of the distinctive nature of students’ union elections. Members are able to learn from good practice from across the wider movement and draw on decades of experience in running students’ union elections. NUS’ support also gives an assurance to parent institutions that their regulatory obligations are being met in accordance with the Education Act (1994). Last year 82 students’ unions used NUS to return their elections.

Over the past few years our elections support service has been updated to make the people with decades of students’ unions elections experience responsible for making those key and complex decisions. As a result of this, there has been greater consistency in decisions across the whole country - the key driver behind reforming our approach, as we believe it is one of the fundamental reasons the vast majority of unions choose to use us to return their elections.

Alison will be supported by other experienced staff to advise them on the decisions that they are presented with. They in turn are supported by a network of Membership Engagement Executives. Membership Engagement Executives will maintain a link between yourselves and Alison, providing local context and knowledge of local rules and regulations as well as supporting you with any day-to-day questions surrounding the running of your elections.

Full details of this service is available to view here

The NUS Elections Report 2017 is available to view here

If you have any questions regarding the Elections Support Service, please contact your elections@nus.org.uk