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NUS Presidents' statement on Coronavirus

In response to the impact of Coronavirus on our institutions and students, Zamzam Ibrahim, NUS National President, along with the support of the other three Presidents, Liam McCabe (NUS Scotland), Rob Simkins, (NUS Wales) and Robert Murtagh (NUS-USI) have released a statement:

NUS has the health, safety and wellbeing of the seven million students we represent as an absolute priority. First and foremost, we’re working closely together with students’ unions, institutions, trade unions, national sector bodies, like Universities UK and the Student Loans Company, along with the governments of the UK to inform a response to coronavirus, as the landscape continues to change.

“We welcome institutions finding ways to progress, assess and support students and apprentices to complete their qualifications during this time.

“NUS is calling for institutions to work closely with their students’ unions to find solutions to issues students face with halls, accessing teaching and research and pastoral support measures that work in their local context considering the student body, and the nature of their education.

“Apprentices must also be reviewed in cases where their employers cease operation, we also want flexibility and support from the agencies involved to transfer learners between employers and/or transfer to equivalent full-time education.”