Shakira Martin elected as NUS President

Shakira Martin, NUS’ Vice President for Further Education, has been elected as the organisation’s new president at the National Conference in Brighton.

Shakira said she was ‘honoured and humbled’ to have been elected to the position. Photo: NUS.

The 28-year-old fought off competition from politics student Tom Harwood and current president Malia Bouattia in the contest, winning 56% of the vote in the first round.

Speaking after the result was announced, Shakira said she was ‘honoured and humbled’ to have been elected to the position.

“I take this as a vote of trust that our members believe I can lead our national movement to be the fighting and campaigning organisation we need it to be, representing the breadth of our diverse membership.

“Further Education made me who I am today and look forward to sharing stories of just how powerful all forms of education can be when we’re all given access to it. During my term in office I want to spend my time listening, learning and leading,” she said.

Shakira assumes her role as National President from July 1.

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