Rachel Wenstone elected as NUS vice president

A Jewish student has been voted on to a senior position on the UK's umbrella student organisation.

Rachel Wenstone was elected as the next vice president higher-education of the National Union of Students at its annual conference in Sheffield on Wednesday.

Ms Wenstone, a Leeds University graduate and a former sabbatical officer at Leeds University Union, was already in her second year on the NUS national executive committee "Block of 15". The new position is full time.

Ms Wenstone, a former winner of the UJS Alan Senitt Memorial Trust award and a postgraduate student at the LSE, triumphed over two other candidates to win the role under the alternative vote system.

After her victory, she wrote on Twitter: "Absolutely lost for words. Am endlessly grateful to every person that offered support, advice & inspiration. I will work tirelessly."

A UJS spokesman said: "Mazal tov Rachel and we wish you every success in your new role."

Last updated: 10:52am, April 26 2012