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 by Liam Burns
Succeeded by Megan Dunn
Majority 301 (41.8%)
Personal details
Born (1990-04-13) 13 April 1990 (age 25)
Nationality British
Alma mater Cornwall College
Website Toni Pearce for National President

Toni Pearce is the President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom, a position she took up on 1 July 2013. Pearce was elected at the 2013 NUS National Conference in April 2013 and re-elected by a large majority in April 2014.

From 2011 to 2013, Pearce held the position of NUS Vice President (Further Education).[1] Before that, she was President at the Students' Union of Cornwall College, an institution of Further Education. Pearce is the first ever NUS President not to have attended university.[2][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 amount of lessons as she was 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) Toni Pearce stood as a candidate with no official affiliation to a political party. However, Toni has been a member of the Labour Party since 2010, joining after the 2010 General Election where she had voted for the Liberal Democrats.[6] Despite being a member of the Labour Party, her involvement is small and has described herself as “one of the least active members”.[4]


  1. ^ "Toni Pearce #1 for NUS VP Further Education". Facebook. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Toni Pearce elected next NUS president". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Students elect first union president who hasn't been to university 'because taking three years out wasn't attractive to her'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Toni Pearce: she flunked her exams – but fought her way to the top to become President of the NUS". Independent. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Beating the odds to become president of the National Union of Students". BBC News. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Twitter / toni_pearce: So because Wikipedia says I ...". Twitter. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Liam Burns
President of the
National Union of Students

Succeeded by