University of Lincoln students have voted for their students’ union (SU) to leave the NUS.

This was the image posted on the SU’s social media. Photo: Lincoln SU.

Voting in a referendum on the issue opened on Saturday to see if students agreed with the decision to leave – initially made by the SU’s Board of Trustees in June.

The results announced today show 1,539 students voted to leave the NUS compared to the 996 who voted to stay in.

The result follows complaints made by some students regarding the SU urging people to vote leave using its social media platforms.

Regarding debate around this issue, a statement on he SU website underneath the results says the union will work to “rebuild the student community”.

The statement reads: “There has been much debate online and in-person around this referendum vote, sadly some of which has been wholly inappropriate, personal and caused divisions and mistrust.

“The Board of Trustees is keen that this cannot happen again, so the review process will seek to address all concerns raised by members. This review will be published to our members when it is completed and accepted by the Board of Trustees.

“We will be inviting students to be able to share their feedback into that review.”

The SU also confirm that the result means that the University of Lincoln Students’ Union will no longer be affiliated to the NUS from January 1 next year.