Wednesday 11-11-2020 - 12:15
““I welcome that this plan sets out a path that will allow students to choose where they spend the Christmas break."
Responding to the Education Minister's announcement on students and Christmas, NUS Wales President Becky Ricketts said:
“I welcome that this plan sets out a path that will allow students to choose where they spend the Christmas break. Students will also welcome the certainty provided by this announcement.
“As part of NUS Wales’ Students Deserve Better campaign, we have been clear that students must not be treated differently to other members of the public. This includes letting students spend Christmas with their loved ones if the rest of the population is allowed to do so.
"Our campaign also called for rent rebates for students who choose to leave university accommodation and study from home. Now that it is clear students will be expected to leave term-time accommodation earlier than usual, we believe students who leave within the advised timeframe should receive rebates for the weeks they will not be in their accommodation.
“Despite enduring such a difficult first term of the academic year where they have been asked to lock down and significantly limit social interactions, students across Wales have acted responsibly to protect their local communities. It is of course important that students continue to act responsibly in the leadup to Christmas, but the government and universities must also work to ensure they can travel home in a way that is safe for themselves, their loved ones and our communities.
“Giving every student access to rapid asymptomatic testing will be key to achieving this. It is vital that this testing is reliable and that students can have confidence in the system. It is also vital that students who choose to remain at their term-time address have access to adequate support over the Christmas period.”