What is the NUS?

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of around 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK and represents the interests of more than seven million students. NUS is a voluntary membership organisation which aims to make a difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions through a variety of activities.

The SU Bath currently has a 'dual membership', which means we are affiliated to the NUS (UK) and NUS Charity. However, decisions about our Students' Union are solely made by The SU Bath members; NUS supports its member Unions but it does not direct policy or activities within students’ unions.

The NUS is more than just one organisation - it is made up of separate companies. NUS (UK) is the campaigning organisation which is responsible for championing student issues on a national level. NUS Charity is separate and exists to support the development of students' unions. There are separate fees for being affiliated to either of these elements of NUS. The SU Bath currently pays fees to be affiliated to both.

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Conferences and events

Every year, the NUS runs a variety of workshops, training days and conferences, which act as forums to share ideas, discuss and debate issues, and set policy at a national level. Conferences also provide an opportunity to elect representatives to lead the future direction of the NUS. The biggest NUS conference is the National Conference.

Nominations for NUS Conference Delegates are held at the start of October, for:

  • National Conference Delegates
  • Black* Students’ Delegates
  • Disabled Students' Delegates
  • LGBT+ Students' Delegates
  • Women Students' Delegates

* Black is used as an inclusive term to represent those from African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean and South American communities

You can find full job descriptions for each role on the resources section of the site.