What is the NFTS Students’ Union?
The NFTS Students’ Union is an independent, student-led body that represents the interests of all students at the NFTS.
How do I become a member of the NFTS Students’ Union?
All students registered for a programme of study with the NFTS become members of the Students’ Union for the period of their registration unless they specifically opt out by informing the Council Secretary (the School’s Finance Director) in writing.
Who runs the NFTS Students’ Union?
The Students’ Council
The primary role of the Students’ Union is to serve as a medium for representing to NFTS governance genuine student body issues in educational, cultural, sporting, social and general interests. The Students’ Union Council acts as an executive office of the Students’ Union and co-ordinates any clubs, societies and social activities as well as supporting and sponsoring any charitable activities and student involvement that the Union may wish to participate in. The Council is an excellent way for students to engage in School issues and take leadership roles in student body activities.
President of the Students’ Union
The President acts as the Executive Officer of the Students’ Union and is Chair of the Student Council. The Presidents takes care of School-wide issues, sharing responsibilities with all the Council members in the larger tasks to help make sure things are coordinated. The President sits on the Board of Governors, the highest governing and decision-making body of the School, to give the students’ perspective on the high-level concerns of the School and to communicate concerns of students. This role is usually elected in November for a one-year term.
The President is supported by six other elected Council members as follows:
- Three School Representatives
- One Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) Representative
- One Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Representative
- One Sports Representative.
These roles are usually elected in May for a one-year term. However, elections will exceptionally take place in September for 2020.
For further information on the Students’ Union and the Student Council, please see the NFTS Student Union Bye-laws.
Student Union policies
- Student Union Bye Laws (pdf doc)
Current Student Union President
Riffy Ahmed is the first elected NFTS student union president and recent graduate from NFTS in Directing fiction 2018-2020.
"NFTS has been a fantastic place for me to develop myself further as a director and with my newly elected post in the school, my aim is to make the student union a very active and visible body in the school that represents and serves the students at NFTS." - Riffy Ahmed, current Student Union President.
The key manifestos we look to achieve are:
- Creating safe and accessible spaces for students to voice their views and concerns
- Advice students on any queries they may have
- To listen- the student voice is the most powerful tool
- Set up events and activities where students get to network and partake
- Build a strong bridge of communication between students and management
- Set up societies that represent student interests
Having been a student myself I know the challenges and perks one could experience being in school thus can relate to students and appreciate every student has a different experience.