After months of action, weeks of campaigning and a fair bit of controversy along the way too, Southampton University Student’s Union will NOT be affiliating with the NUS.
Results show that the motion of affiliation was rejected by nearly 75% of students, with the ballot finishing with 3595 votes against joining the national body; and 1296 student voting for.
SUSU will therefore remain independent.
Voting has been taking place all day, beginning at midnight last night until 6pm today.
Nearly 20% of the student population voted in the election with an impressive turnout of 4891 votes, beating the 3000 target set by SUSU and an jump from the 3444 votes of the 2010 referendum.
However, the result shows an even more conving rejection of NUS affiliation then was seen in 2010, which saw the student body reject the move by 2 votes to 1. In this case, it has been rejected by nearly 3 votes to every 1 for; with 73.4% of students voting against joining the NUS.
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