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Date posted: 29/03/2018

Shakira Martin re-elected as NUS president

FE champion Shakira Martin (pictured above) has survived a row over allegations of bullying to be re-elected as president of the National Union of Students.

The incumbent scored a comfortable victory over challengers Momin Saqib and Sahaya James at this year’s annual conference in Glasgow.

Ms Martin won in the first round with 50.9 per cent of the 694 votes cast.

She scored 352 votes, while Mr Saqib came second with 168 votes and Ms James received 104 votes. Sixty-six people voted to reopen the nominations, and one delegate spoiled their ballot paper.

Ms Martin said “I am honoured and humbled to have been elected as NUS’ national president for a second term. I was elected to listen, learn and lead, now it’s time to get real about what that means both for all forms of education, and what it means for NUS.”

In January this year Ms Martin was alleged to have bullied other NUS staff members.

All elected NUS officers – including its vice-president for FE Emily Chapman – were made to work from home for a week while the claims were investigated.

Ms Martin has been a strong advocate for the learner and apprentice voice since being elected VP for FE in April 2015, when she was president of the student union at Lewisham Southwark College.

She became only the second national NUS president to have attended an FE college when she was elected last year, in a stunning victory over her predecessor Malia Bouattia.

Her successor as VP for FE, Emily Chapman, is also standing for re-election this year. Results will be announced later today.

Original article published in FE Week