NUS MEMBERSHIP UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 1 April 2020
Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of the students and apprentices we represent, so we have been working closely with institutions, trade unions, national sector bodies like Universities UK and the Association of Colleges, the Student Loans Company, and the government to inform our response to Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Here’s an update of what we are doing on your behalf to ensure your interests are represented as we tackle this pandemic:
- We've met with representatives of the British Medical Association today to discuss support for medical students, especially those moving into the NHS immediately, including issues relating to student finance
- We've drafted a letter that sabbatical officers can send to their MPs about housing and coronavirus
- We've responded to the new QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) research showing International students still want to study in the UK
- We’ve provided support to a UCU request to the Secretary of State for Education for a clear government plan to tackle the issues facing further and higher education students and staff during this crisis, shaped with students’ and trade unions
- We’ve been all over the media talking about our proposals for exams with over 140 unique articles in print, online and radio across the past two days.
- As part of our #NotStayingNotPaying campaign, we’ve launched a public petition calling on all accommodation providers to cancel the rents of students who’ve gone home during the COVID 19 crisis. Please sign and share, using the hashtag #NotStayingNotPaying, and tagging any providers you know that still haven’t done the right thing!
- We’re supporting the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign, which is helping people to volunteer to support their community during the Covid-19 crisis. If you suddenly have more time, why not see if you can help? Whether it’s practical or emotional support, there’s lots of things you could do – even from home on the phone!
- We’ve written to the Communications Department at the Executive Office who have agreed to work with us to develop the information available for students on NI Direct in relation to how they’ve been affected by coronavirus
- We'll be writing to members of the new Covid-19 committee in the NI Assembly today with a briefing paper outlining the key issues affecting students in NI, including housing, unemployment, exams and assignments.
- We put questions from member students' unions in Wales to the Welsh Government in our latest weekly meeting, including questions on the situation for students living in HMOs
- Questions we've asked have formed part of the Welsh Government's coronavirus FAQs for further and higher education in Wales. The government has published broader education FAQs and those for tenants in the private rented sector.
- Only two days left for you to get as many students as you can completing our Coronavirus Student Survey. Check out our survey promotion pack with links, suggested email, SMS and social copy and images for you to use. You'll also get your own students’ raw anonymised data if you get 350+ responses (100+ for colleges and small and specialist unions), so please share as much as you can, as the survey closes on Friday 3 April. As of yesterday University of Chester Students’ Union and University of the West of England Students’ Union were in the lead with responses
- Officers across the UK have put together a great #InThisTogether solidarity video message
- Remember to continue showcasing all the innovative new ways of working you're using on social using the hashtag #LoveSUs.