Toni Pearce

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Toni Pearce
Pearce in 2013, when she was Vice President (Further Education) at the National Union of Students
56th President of the National Union of Students
In office
1 July 2013 – 30 June 2015
Preceded byLiam Burns
Succeeded byMegan Dunn
Majority301 (41.8%)
Personal details
Born (1990-04-13) 13 April 1990 (age 32)
Alma materCornwall College

Toni Pearce (born 13 April 1990) is a former President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom. Pearce was elected at the 2013 NUS National Conference in April 2013 and re-elected April 2014.[1]

From 2011 to 2013, Pearce held the position of NUS Vice President (Further Education).[2] Before that, she was President at the Students' Union of Cornwall College, an institution of Further Education. Pearce was the first ever NUS President not to have attended university.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Pearce attended Cornwall College from the age of 16, however she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III, which meant that she missed a large number of lessons whilst in hospital recovering from operations.[5] As such, Pearce failed two of her AS levels at the first attempt.

Political affiliation[edit]

During the elections for NUS President (2013, 2014) Pearce stood as a candidate with no official affiliation to a political party. However, Pearce announced in 2013 that she joined the Labour Party.[4]


  1. ^ Young-Powell, Abby (9 April 2014). "Toni Pearce re-elected NUS president". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Toni Pearce #1 for NUS VP Further Education". Facebook. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Toni Pearce elected next NUS president". Times Higher Education. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Garner, Richard (16 April 2012). "Toni Pearce: she flunked her exams – but fought her way to the top to become President of the NUS". Independent. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Beating the odds to become president of the National Union of Students". BBC News. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by President of the
National Union of Students

Succeeded by