NUS announces national demands

Tuesday 29-09-2020 - 15:18

NUS has been working round the clock, in close partnership with students’ unions, to defend students’ rights during this pandemic. Key wins so far include the following:


  • Early lockdown – put £500m in students’ pockets by securing early release from tenancies last term
  • Student Safety Net – forced the government to make £66m available for hardship and got CMA, OfS and govt to concede that students not receiving adequate education are eligible for refunds/re-dos
  • Justice for Education – with students, won an unprecedented 4-nation u-turn on A-level, GCSE and BTEC grading
  • Return to Campus –students’ unions secured rent refunds for students in locked down accommodation


We really are stronger together and covid has demonstrated that, showing how important it is to have SUs and NUS working together to represent students at local, regional and national level with a powerful united voice.


What’s next?


We’re shifting now into a new phase of our covid campaigning. We are seeking legal guidance to support our – and SUs – activity so we’re equipped with knowledge around what’s lawful and unlawful in terms of the treatment of students. We’ll shortly be launching new national actions to urgently improve students’ experience and our work will focus on the following key demands:


Uphold students’ basic legal rights:

  • Students should not be subject to different rules to the rest of the public
  • Under no circumstances should students be restricted, threatened or policed by private security forces


The right to leave without financial detriment:

  • The right to leave accommodation access education entirely online
  • The right to leave the course and defer
  • The right to leave the course permanently


Fair treatment during accommodation lockdowns:

  • Rent reimbursement for lockdown periods and free internet access
  • Care packages provided including food, household products, and wellbeing materials
  • Targeted educational and wellbeing support, and the facilitation of social activity


An effective strategy for education now and in the post-covid recovery:

  • NOW: Effective test & trace, move to online teaching as default, immediate financial & wellbeing support for students
  • POST-COVID: Invest in digital infrastructure and mental health support
  • FUTURE: A new education strategy that delivers for everyone in society: lifelong, funded, accessible


Keep an eye out for upcoming actions in membership emails and on our Twitter page.




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