Larissa Kennedy announced as new NUS President

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Larissa Kennedy has been elected as President of the National Union of Students (NUS) at their National Conference 2020.

Kennedy was elected for a two-year-term, and will take up her new position on July 1.

Voting was opened to 676 delegates from NUS member student’s unions between 16 March and 31 March and a had a record turnout of 80%.

The conference, which took place online for the first time in history due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak also reflected on the reforms passed in 2019.

These reforms allowed the introduction of online voting, which was previously impossible under the NUS’ former rules and articles, and provided for a change in format, focus and ambition for the organisation, nearing it’s 100th year.

Kennedy, of Warwick Students’ Union had been apart of the student movement since she was 16 years old and has previously served on NUS’ National Executive Council.

She has actively participated in protests against sexual violence, marched against student fees and is a member of the Black Student’s campaign.

In her time as president, Larissa wants to build a movement that will stretch across the whole UK, across students’ and trade unions across the world.

Commenting on her election, Kennedy said: “I am incredibly humbled and proud and I’m ready to get to work from day one to see the National Union of Students into its’ 100th year.

“I am truly honoured to have your trust , and I will lead with complete confidence in a simple truth: Students are the drivers of society.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running and organise, yet again for a transformed education sector in a fairer, more equal society.”

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of 600 student’s unions across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales whose members represent and campaign on behalf of support the interests of more than seven million students.

Feature image credit: NUS Connect

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