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NUS Referendum April 2018

Should UPSU remain affiliated to NUS?

Why it happened?

On the 30th April 2018 UPSU received notice from the UPSU Board of Trustees, for a call to hold a Referendum pertaining to the Union’s affiliation to the National Union of Students (NUS).

This preceded a ballot which asked students to vote Yes or No to the following question: Should the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) continue to be affiliated with the National Union of Students (NUS)?


The ballot, which was open between 8th–14th May needed to reach a minimum of 649 votes to be binding.

At the close of voting the results were:
Total votes cast 1021

  • For (YES): 557
  • Against (NO): 441
  • Abstentions: 23

With 4.7% of eligible students of the University of Plymouth voting, the outcome of this Referendum is that UPSU will remain affiliated to NUS.

Other Info

More details will be published on on how leaving the NUS will impact the student body. The SU will be leaving NUS on 31st December 2019

The Timeline

  • Wednesday 2nd May – 14:00 Open meeting, Students’ Union view presentation
  • Friday 4th May – 12:00, midday, Final deadline for campaigns information
  • Tuesday 8th May – 12:00 midday, Online Voting Opens
  • Monday 14th May – 12:00 midday, Online Voting Closes, results announced


If you have any questions regarding the referendum please contact the UPSU Student Voice Team -