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Former Sabbatical Officer, Aaron Porter, Elected NUS President

Aaron will succeed current NUS President Wes Streeting in June 2010 for an initial twelve month term having served for two years as NUS Vice President (Higher Education). He studied English Literature at the University of Leicester and served as a sabbatical officer at the students’ union.

Aaron will succeed current NUS President Wes Streeting in June 2010 for an initial twelve month term having served for two years as NUS Vice President (Higher Education). He studied English Literature at the University of Leicester and served as a sabbatical officer at the students’ union.

He was elected with an overwhelming majority (65%) of the vote share in the first round of counting, defeating current NUS Black Students’ Officer, Bell Ribeiro-Addy (27%) and Chris Marks, Vice President (Education) of Hull University Students’ Union (4%).

NUS President-elect Aaron Porter said:

“I am delighted to be leading NUS into what will be a crucial year for further and higher education, with a general election, fees review and cuts on the horizon. It is more vital now than ever that we come together to put our issues at the top of the agenda with a credible, representative student voice shaping the outcomes of these pivotal debates.”

Aaron Porter added:

“This is a time to continue pressurising politicians not to increase the cap on fees and we will be publicly shaming those that refuse to sign our Vote for Students pledge, which has already been signed by more than 700 candidates. Students, families and the wider public overhwelmingly oppose higher fees and I will fight to ensure that politicians listen to them.”

Current NUS President Wes Streeting said:

“Aaron’s election vindicates the long journey NUS has taken to reform our democratic structures and our higher education funding policy. We have fought the battle to become a credible voice and Aaron is the right person to deal with the challenges students face in the coming year. I have every confidence that he will utilise his skills and experience in leading from the front in what will be a crucial year for students in further and higher education. I wish him great success as National President.”

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