Friday 28-04-2017 - 13:49
Today, the Higher Education and Research Bill passed through the House of Lords for the final time. This marks the end of nearly two years of work from the student movement; lobbying, engaging and challenging the government at every stage.
The work of the student movement has been referenced throughout the passage of the Bill. Most recently, Lord Billimoria spoke passionately on international students and used arguments put forward by NUS to defend their rights. Students’ unions' work with their MPs and NUS on national level has been mentioned positively in both the Commons and the Lords throughout this debate.
There is still work to be done, and the Bill is not perfect, but our collective action has won key concessions: from student representation on the Office for Students to a delay and review of the Teaching Excellence Framework. We will continue to use every opportunity to make the case for a higher education system which truly works for students, presenting a positive vision of Teaching Excellence as an alternative to the government’s agenda of marketisation and raising fees.
The next challenge for the student movement is approaching very quickly. The upcoming General Election is a huge opportunity for students to use their voices at a local and national level. It is vital that students register to vote, and our #GenerationVote campaign is here to support you with voter registration drives every step of the way.
Together, we can ensure that the student voice is heard loud and clear on 8 June.