NUS Membership update on Coronavirus (Covid-19) 6 May 2020

  • National President, Zamzam Ibrahim and Vice President (Higher Education) Claire Sosienski Smith met with the Chief Executive and senior leaders in Universities UK yesterday. They discussed the government’s financial package for higher education and how we can work together to push for greater support for both students and institutions. Discussions also included the challenges facing students now experiencing online learning, and what we may need to consider as and when lockdown eases and we look towards next year
  • We met with the Student Loans Company yesterday in two meetings, one to discuss the impact of the current situation on learners in FE receiving advanced learner loans, and the second to discuss the impact on disabled students receiving DSAs. We raised various concerns and issues relating to both groups.

  • A reminder for you to sign up for our first Skype meeting tomorrow, Thursday at 4pm, updating you on the Covid-19 student housing situation, as well as campaign planning with Vice President Welfare, Eva Crossan Jory. With inequalities and issues within student housing been drastically highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will update you on the national picture for student renters, give you space to discuss your campaigns with each other, and talk about the next stage of our work on housing as part of the #StudentSafetyNet campaign
  • Following further government amendments and questions from members we’ve once again amended our furlough guidance for unions
  • We’ve added details of the newly announced Reaching Communities England (National Lottery Community Fund) in England on the funding guidance for unions
  • We’re developing guidance for universities with UUK on how their members can best support students unions through and beyond the pandemic
  • We’ve met with AOC to discuss collaboration on how we support members in FE through and beyond the pandemic
  • There’s been a continued high turnout for the Covid-19 response groups, including a new one this week looking at plans for welcome weeks. More details including notes and how to sign up for future groups are on our coronavirus hub
  • We’re making final plans for Lead and Change ahead of registration going live next week. We know that delegates come to L&C to develop their network, enhance their knowledge and skills and inform their campaigning and planning. This year will be no different and we'll have tutor groups and action learning sets, networking sessions, access to a library of specialist content and plenaries as part of the package. Watch this space!

  • While nominations and registrations for our first ever Liberation Conference have now closed, it now time to turn our attention to the candidates up for election and the policies that will be discussed at conference on Wednesday 27 May. Ahead of next week's unveiling the candidates for the first ever Vice President Liberation, you can get involved right now by submitting a question for the live hustings recording taking place on Friday 15 May. Channel 4 News and ITV News editor Keme Nzerem will be hosting the hustings, with the video recording, podcast and transcript available around 20 May.