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Get involved as an RCN student member

You can make a real difference by playing an active role in the RCN.

As an RCN student member, you can get more involved by becoming a student information officer, attending Congress or standing for election to represent your peers on the RCN Students Committee. 

Become an RCN student information officer

Student information officers (SIOs) are a network of RCN student members who work to support and share information with fellow students.

SIOs keep other student members informed about any upcoming student events, help them out with accessing the RCN library and archives and make sure that they are getting full use of all the benefits they are entitled to as RCN members.

As an SIO you get more information and more access to specialist groups. This includes:

  • updates on changes affecting nursing students
  • opportunities to represent the RCN on committees
  • special events and training days.

To apply to be an SIO you just need to complete the online student information officer application form. Download the SIO leaflet for further information. Please contact us with any questions.


Become an RCN student information officer

Apply online to become an RCN student information officer.

RCN Students at Congress 2018

As an RCN Student member you have the opportunity to attend Congress 2018, which will be taking place at the Belfast Waterfront Arena 12 -16 May.   

Booking is open now



RCN Students Committee

You can stand for election to the RCN Students Committee and have a voice in creating RCN policy, influence the nursing education agenda and make a difference to nursing and midwifery students. The committee is run by students for students, and campaigns for issues that matter to you.

The following seats on the RCN UK Students Committee are currently up for election: Eastern, East Midlands, Northern, South West, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The deadline for nominations was 16 October and voting will open on 20 November. Find out more.

There will next be a chance to nominate yourself for Students Committee in 2018.

There is also one seat for a student member up for election on the new RCN Professional Nursing Committee: make sure you vote by 8 November.




RCN Student Debate: The Future of Campaigning

Following a summer of protest organised by the RCN, urging the government to scrap the cap on nursing pay, the first RCN student debate will consider the role of campaigning in the future of nursing. A panel of speakers will speak for and against the statement: “This house believes that trade unions are the future for a compassionate workforce.”.

This event is free to attend and is taking place at Birmingham City University.

25 October 6pm-9pm

Get in touch!

If you are  a student member and have any questions about getting more involved with the RCN we’d love to hear from you. Email us at:

students@rcn.org.uk