Update

University of Portsmouth Students’ Union to leave NUS

Staff and students at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU) are preparing to embark on the process to disaffiliate from the National Union for Students (NUS).

Staff and students at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU) are preparing to embark on the process to disaffiliate from the National Union for Students (NUS).

A referendum process was undertaken last month to determine whether or not the Students’ Union will remain affiliated with NUS. Students campaigned as part of the Yes and No teams for the duration of the referendum voting week to ensure a full and balanced argument was presented to enable a well-informed vote.

There were 1439 votes within the referendum, of which 669 students voted to leave the NUS, the decision has now been fully ratified by Union trustees. The full referendum results can be viewed here

The Union is required to hold a referendum on the NUS every 3 years, but also required annually to ask students whether they agree with the results of the last referendum. At the Annual Members Meeting in December 2018, students decided they no longer agreed with the results of the previous referendum, so this triggered a new one.

Finer details around the exit plan are still being finalised with the NUS, but the Union can confirm that we will remain a member of the NUS until December 2019, at which point the Union will be ratified as leaving through NUS' democratic processes.

Anyone wishing to find out more information can do so online by visiting the FAQ's page of the website www.upsu.net/referendum.


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