Shakira Martin, who’s never been to uni, has been elected as the new NUS President

Shakira Martin has been elected as the next NUS President at the union’s National Conference in Brighton.


Only the second NUS President not to have gone to university, Shakira will replace controversial President Malia Bouattia as the NUS looks forward from a year that has seen three universities vote to leave the union. This also marks a first for the NUS, with two black women contesting the presidency.


Shakira beat off competition from Malia Bouattia and Tom Harwood, winning 56 per cent of the votes in the first round. The vote count was:


402 – Shakira Martin
272 – Malia Bouattia
35 – Tom Harwood
8 – RON (Re-open nominations)


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