The National Union of Students, commonly known as NUS, is a confederate association of around 600 Students’ Unions, representing the interests of more than seven million students across higher education and further education. NUS was first founded in 1922 and has been campaigning on students’ views and social change and supporting Students’ Unions locally to do the same.
For Students’ Unions to be a member of NUS they need to ‘affiliate’, with new affiliations approved at the NUS National Conference that happens every year with representatives from all member Unions. The National Conference is also where delegates from member unions discuss campaigns, policy and elect the NUS Officer Team.
In 2017, NUS embarked on a turnaround project to see itself out of some financial difficulties and to modernise the organisation. Since then, Students’ Union affiliations have been split into affiliation to two separate organisations. These are:
- NUS-UK: which is the democratic and campaigning arm of NUS.
- NUS Charity: which is the services it operates to support the development of Students’ Unions.
What does it cost the Students’ Union to affiliate?
NUS-UK affiliation for 2021/22 cost £30,000, which is the highest cap.
NUS Charity affiliation for 2021/22 cost £7,500 which is the highest cap.
What does NUS-UK Cover?
NUS UK covers the democratic, campaigning and policy making part of NUS. This allows the Students’ Union to send delegates to NUS democratic events, such as National Conference and Liberation Conference, and to actively engage in the campaigning and policy making of NUS.
What does NUS Charity Cover?
NUS Charity covers a broad range of services from trading support and access to legal advice to training and operational support for elections and HR. This also covers TOTUM cards as this is a commercial service of NUS.
What is this Referendum about?
This Referendum is asking you, the student members of Coventry University Students’ Union, whether you want your Students’ Union to be affiliated to NUS-UK.
This is not asking about affiliation to NUS Charity.
By voting in this Referendum, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £100 vouchers. Read the terms of the prize draw and find out how to opt out. For an extra chance to win, all students who complete our Annual Student Survey before 20 June 2022 will also be entered into the draw.