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Welfare

The Welfare zone covers a range of issues facing students across FE and HE. These issues often make the difference between students succeeding in education and not, and good welfare provision can really lay the groundwork for ensuring that students can engage with their studies effectively.

Whether it’s through having affordable transport, decent accommodation, or adequate finance provision, welfare is at the heart of what the student movement does for its students.

The Welfare zone is led by Shelly Asquith, Vice President (Welfare) and steered by the Welfare Zone Committee. It is supported by staff who work to deliver research, policy and campaigns work on a national level, and to support students’ unions with their work locally.

Within the welfare section, you will find resources to support your work on a range of subjects including:

  • Housing and Community
  • Money
  • Health
  • Faith and Belief
  • Crime and student safety
  • Pastoral care
  • Transport
  • SU advice services

If you are looking at developing your work around student welfare, you may find our 2013 publication Winning on Welfare a useful resource. It supports unions of whatever size to assess their current welfare work and consider how they might be able to develop it in the future.