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University of York students decide delegates for NUS 2017 conference

Image credit: Huffington Post
Image credit: Huffington Post
Image credit: Huffington Post

Students at the University of York have elected four delegates to accompany the president of the student union to the next conference of the National Union of Students (NUS).

Alex Lusty, the Activities Officer of the University of York Student Union (YUSU), Lucas North, Dominic Smithies, the YUSU Community and Wellbeing Officer, and Catherine Yarrow were elected to be delegates at the 2017 NUS conference in Brighton.

The elected delegates join Millie Beach, President of YUSU, whose attendance is granted ex proviso. This means that of the five visitors from York, three Sabbatical Officers from the student union will be attending the NUS conference.

The 2017 conference lasts from 25th – 27th of April and is held in Brighton. York’s delegates will join hundreds of others from university and college student unions around the country to debate policy and elect the new leaders of the national union.

Earlier this year, YUSU held a referendum on its affiliation with the NUS. After weeks of campaigning on campus and via social media, students voted to remain a part of the NUS. 1,461 students voted to keep their student union a part of the NUS, defeating the 1233 who voted against this.

The current delegates come from different perspectives on the NUS. Alex Lusty and Catherine Yarrow played important roles in the ‘No2NUS York’ campaign against affiliating with the NUS, whereas Dom Smithies and Lucas North campaigned for the student union to remain a part of the national body.