NUS Extra Card

As a Plymouth University student or staff member you are entitled to an NUS Extra card, the ultimate student discount card. You will have save pounds when you buy from online and high street clothing stores, travel companies, restaurants, bars and much more across the UK. Read More

The National Union of Students (NUS)

UPSU pays an affiliation fee to NUS each year, most students are aware of the NUS Extra card but the benefits of affiliation are so much more than that.

NUS run national and international campaigns to promote and defend student rights and also help support unions to do this at a local level. They undertake large research projects about major student issues to support their campaigns and use that research to lobby the government and other agencies.

NUS offers very specialist training for Full time and Part time Union Officers as well as Students' Union staff.

What is NUS?

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions. NUS are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 percent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through these member students' unions, they represent the interests of more than seven million students. NUS champions students to shape the future of education, they promote, defend and extend student rights. They fight discrimination, isolation and injustice. Through practical information and national action, they seek the best for students.

 

UPSU affiliation to NUS

UPSU pays an affiliation fee to NUS each year, most students are aware of the NUS Extra card but the benefits of affiliation are so much more than that. NUS run national and international campaigns to promote and defend student rights and also help support unions to do this at a local level. They undertake large research projects about major student issues to support their campaigns and use that research to lobby the government and other agencies. NUS offers very specialist training for Full time and Part time Union Officers as well as Students' Union staff. The NUS is a large network of students from over 600 students’ unions across the UK, resulting in around 7 million students. As an affiliated students’ union we pay £47,561.40 (2013/14) but our net benefit is £68,648.38 (2013/14)!

As an affiliated students’ union we are able to access:
 

NUS Conference

Each year over 1000 students from students’ unions across the UK meet to decide who will lead NUS and what campaigns they will work on for the forthcoming year, they also debate and agree national policy. NUS National Conference is the highest decision making body in the NUS and is attended by over 1,200 delegates from every affiliated Students' Union in the country. As UPSU affiliate to NUS we are entitled to send 7 delegates to the NUS Annual Conference. This is a cross campus ballot where the student body decides who to send to the conference to represent Plymouth students on a national level.

At the conference, the delegates will have 3 different roles to fulfil:
 

How to get involved in the NUS

If you would like to get involved in any of the work that the NUS are doing, then please feel free to contact the Executive Officers. The Officers are supported by the NUS with training, resources and advice throughout their term of office, so they will be able to help you with any national or local campaigns that you might want to run in conjunction with the NUS. You can also get in touch with one of our elected Forum Chairs who lead student groups that join people with the same interests together or work on specific issues and campaigns. Better still, why not attend one of the Forums yourself and get involved! As well as this, you could nominate yourself to become a UPSU delegate for the annual NUS National Conference, in order to have your say on their future leaders and priority campaigns for the forthcoming year. Email the Student Voice team to find out more - studentvoice@su.plymouth.ac.uk!