National Union of Students Wales

National Union of Students Wales (NUS Wales)
PresidentGwyneth Sweatman
Founded1974, NUS UK founded 1922
Headquarters2nd Floor, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5FL.
International affiliationEuropean Students' Union

National Union of Students Wales (Welsh: Undeb Cenedlaethol y Myfyrwyr Cymru) is the Welsh section of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom. NUS Wales, alongside its constituent student unions represents students in Higher Education and Further Education in Wales. With over a quarter of a million student members it is the largest democratic organisation in Wales.[1]

Founding of NUS Wales

On the 3–4 November 1973 a meeting of the “National Welsh Colleges Conference” was held in Aberystwyth. The conference was a mixture of briefings, workshops and policy discussion. Delegates agreed to draft a new constitution establishing a greater level of autonomy to be presented to NUS Conference in 1974.[citation needed] NUS Wales was established as a result of this in 1974.[1]


NUS Wales is a constituent organisation of NUS UK, that sets its own independent policies. It is run by an executive committee elected at its conference meetings. NUS Wales does not have full financial independence from the rest of the NUS, as its budget is decided at the NUS annual conference. The organisation has three sabbatical officers: a President, Vice President and Women's Officer.[1]

Political activity

NUS Wales campaigned for devolution in Wales, supporting the Yes campaign during the 1997 Welsh referendum on the creation of a separate Welsh assembly.[1] During the 2015 general election NUS Wales encouraged students in marginal constituencies to vote, through organising debates and hosting street parties near polling stations.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Who we are". NUS. National Union of Students. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ Messenger, Steffan (1 May 2015). "Students' vote key in marginal constituencies, says NUS Wales". BBC News. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

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