Thursday 24-11-2016 - 15:52
The Higher Education & Research Bill left the House of Commons on Monday 21 November, and is now moving into the House of Lords.
Following successful lobbying and campaigning by NUS and students’ unions across the country a number of key amendments were made to the original Bill, including: a reserved place for a student representative on the Office for Students Board; the publication of Student Protection Plans; greater reporting requirements on access and retention; and clarity on postgraduate training provision.
However, the government have refused to budge on the most damaging aspects of the proposed reforms. They refuse to cut the link between the Teaching Excellence Framework and tuition fees; they insist on risking the quality and reputation of our sector by allowing untested providers to award degrees and they will not specify how they expect students to be protected if their courses or institutions fail.
Yesterday Sorana Vieru outlined the next steps in NUS’ plans to fight these reforms – through organising on campuses to boycott the National Student Survey. Today NUS is launching resources to support unions to also continue to lobby parliament, as the Bill now moves through the House of Lords.
On 6 December, the Bill will receive it’s Second Reading in the Lords, and we want as many Peers as possible to know how strongly students oppose the Bill. Peers do not have constituencies in the same way MPs do, so NUS has drawn up a list of Peers with a relationship with higher education, and we can allocate a Lord to your union. You may also know of a Lord that has a specific relationship with your university – they might be your Chancellor or on your governing body.
Either way, we want you to get in touch with them and to let us know about it. The first step is to sign up to Lobby a Lord and we will send you all the information you need.