NUS (UK) Referendum:
Should Brighton Students’ Union disaffiliate from the NUS (UK)?
Last year Brighton Students’ Union held a referendum on our membership of NUS UK at the same time as our main elections. This referendum did not meet the threshold of 1000 students voting in it for a valid result to be announced so the Trustee Board has agreed to re-run the referendum in November. This will hopefully allow more students to engage with the debate and pass the threshold to provide a valid result.
A little bit of context...
What is NUS (UK) and NUS Charity?
NUS (UK) is the campaigning body organising national responses to student issues by working and lobbying the government as well as other organisations such as the Office for Students. The affiliation fee is 2% of the annual grant an SU receives from their university. For Brighton Students’ Union this will be £22,440 for the 22/23 academic year.
NUS Charity exists to support SU development and support SU’s with election processes. The affiliation fee is 0.5% of the annual grant an SU receives from their university. For Brighton Studnets’ Union this will be approximately £5,610 for the 22/23 academic year.
What happens next?
Brighton Students’ Union will organise a referendum on our membership of NUS (UK). Voting in the referendum will take place over the course of 4 days, from Monday 21st – Thursday 24th November. The results will be announced on Friday 25th November. All students have the right to vote in the referendum.
If students vote to leave the NUS (UK), Brighton Students’ Union will do so in December 2023, as we are required to give 6 months’ notice to NUS and can only leave at the end of each calendar year. If students choose to remain affiliated to NUS, Brighton Students’ Union will continue to be affiliated to NUS (UK). If the referendum fails to make the threshold of 1000 votes for the second time the decision will pass to our Trustee Board to vote on. The Trustee Board is made up of our 4 Elected Student Officers, 3 Student Trustees and 3 Lay Trustees.