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The National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (NUS) is a confederation of
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in the
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United Kingdom
. Around 600 student unions are affiliated, accounting for more than 95% of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Although the National Union of Students is the central organization for all affiliated unions in the UK, there are also the devolved national sub-bodies
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in Scotland, NUS Wales (''UCM Cymru'') in Wales and
NUS-USI NUS-USI, the student movement in Northern Ireland was formed in 1972 by bilateral agreement between the National Union of Students (United Kingdom), National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (NUS) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI ...
in Northern Ireland (the latter being co-administered by the
Union of Students in Ireland The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) ( ga, Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn) is the national representative body for Tertiary education, third-level students' unions in Ireland. Founded in 1959, USI represents more than 374,000 students in over ...
). NUS current President is Larissa Kennedy. NUS is a member of the
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Membership

* Constituent membership is granted to students' unions by National Conference or National Executive Council by a two-thirds majority vote * Individual membership is granted automatically to members of students' unions with constituent membership, sabbatical officers of constituent members, members of the National Executive Council and sabbatical conveners of NUS Areas * Associate membership is granted by a two-thirds majority vote of National Executive Council to: ** ''Student Organisations in Association - ''any national student organisations ** ''Partner Organisations in Association ''- non-student organisations which sympathise with the NUS ** ''Individuals in Association'' - any individual who supports the objects of the NUS ** ''NUS Areas ''- geographically-defined associations of students' unions * Honorary membership is granted by National Conference to "any person or organisation as it sees fit" Of these types of membership, only constituent members may vote on or submit policy proposals to the National Conference. Constituent members and associate members are required to pay a subscription fee as a condition of their membership.


History


Origins and early history

The NUS was formed on 10 February 1922 at a meeting held at the
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. At this meeting, the Inter-Varsity Association and the International Students Bureau (which organised student travel and had been lobbying for a national body) agreed to merge. Founding members included the unions of
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(who first left in 1923 and have subsequently rejoined and left three times, the last time being in June 2008),
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(who supplied the first President, Sir Ivison Macadam) and the
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