Referendum on NUS Affiliation (1112P14)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Decision Making

Passed: 02/05/2012 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • SUSU left the National Union of Students (NUS) in 2002. This decision was made at the Annual General Meeting on 14 May 2002
  • In the autumn term 2010 a referendum was held on whether or not the Union should be a member of the NUS. This was the first referendum on the subject since 1999
  • The NUS has gone through a period of change, and has set out a new strategy for improvement over the coming years
  • The wide variety of student groups who are engaged in campaigning and activism who would benefit from linking up with national campaigns
  • The radical changes to the higher education sector over the past two years, and the strong mandate from Union Council and AGM to campaign nationally on these issues.
  • Over the last two years the landscape of higher education, the structure of SUSU, and the structure of the NUS have to varying degrees changed
  • Over the last two years a large portion of our student population in Southampton has changed
  • It is fair and democratic to ask the question to all students whether or not under these new conditions SUSU should be affiliated to the NUS
  • A referendum should be held towards the end of autumn term of the 2012-13 academic year. The process should not be rushed, and both sides of the debate allowed time to develop.
  • Facts and figures linked to affiliation should be compiled and verified by a body independent of both SUSU and the NUS
  • The financial implications of affiliation should be considered by the Trustee Board, which would also provide a steer on the impact it would have on the Union as an organisation.
  • To hold the referendum towards the end of the Autumn term of the academic year 2012/13
  • If SUSU does affiliate then the question should be put to the student body again within three years
  • Elections Committee to conduct the referendum which would ask the question “Should the University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) be affiliated to the NUS?”
  • The Trustee Board to appoint an external body, independent of both SUSU and the NUS, to verify the facts and figures linked to affiliation, e.g. potential savings through NUSSL
  • The Trustee Board to evaluate the impact on SUSU both financially and as an organisation.