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Should Bristol SU remain affiliated to the National Union of Students?

As required by the SU Bye-laws, we will be holding a referendum on Bristol SU's affiliation to the NUS this March. The referendum will be a vote open to all Full Members of the SU (all students). 

This vote will take place between 10 March and 12 March 2020. The official campaigning period will begin on 9 March 2020 and the result will be announced on 13 March.

The question that will be voted on is:  “Should Bristol SU be affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS)?” 

Where can i find out more?

There will be a meeting to provide more information about the referendum on 18 February from 17:30 in the Gromit Room at the SU. This is open to all students, explain the process and rules and will be valuable for those who may wish to lead either the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ campaign teams. 

The leaders of the two campaign teams will be elected by a vote at our Annual Members Meeting (AMM) on 25 February.

Who is overseeing the referendum?

The Returning Officer for the referendum will be Sam Jones, Academic Quality Manager at the University of Bristol. The Returning Officer oversees the referendum process and makes sure it is conducted fairly and transparently. She will be supported by SU staff members who will remain impartial throughout the referendum process. 

A committee of elected students who oversee Bristol SU’s democracy (Democratic Standards Committee) appointed the Returning Officer and made recommendations on the timeline, question and rules. 

You can see the rules for the referendum here.

If you have any queries about the referendum, please email