Update 13 May 2020

  • We've commented on UCU's news release calling on the government to ensure the health and safety of staff and students before a return to face-to-face teaching
  • NSoA apprentices have been working with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Board to speak about apprentices on furlough being paid just £3.30 an hour
  • NSoA's Zuza Wnekowska spoke at the Think Positive online event about ensuring apprentices had access to Mental Health support services in colleges and universities
  • NSoA launched a survey into the experience of apprentices during lockdown. If you have apprentices in your college or university please pass it on to your members and be in with a chance of winning a share of £300!

  • MSPs have been voting in the Scottish Parliament today on Stage 1 of the new Emergency Coronavirus Bill. This contains proposals to introduce notice periods for student accommodation. They would mean that (while the legislation is in force) students who have left their accommodation due to the Covid-19 pandemic would be able to give seven days’ notice to be released from their contracts. Any new rental contracts taken out in this time would be subject 28-days’ notice. This is fantastic news for everyone that has been charged unfairly for a home they can no longer use, and especially for everyone that took part in our #NotStayingNotPaying campaign. It’s due to your hard work that the Scottish Government has taken this step. Final voting on the bill will take place next week.                          


  • We sent a briefing on hardship funds to the Economy Committee and will be lobbying members this week to make sure that additional funds for student hardship is secured
  • We have written to MPs across Northern Ireland to ask them to support a Student Safety Net and to tell them about NUS’ housing asks
  • We held our members’ update on Tuesday. In agreement with members these are moving to fortnightly which will allow us more time to have issues’ specific meetings on the weeks in between.    

  • We spoke to ITV Wales yesterday about our ask for a £3 million student hardship fund for Wales. ITV spoke to several students in Wales facing financial uncertainty because of the impact of Covid-19. Statistics from our Coronavirus and Students Survey were used in the report
  • We met with the Welsh Government to update them on the latest issues students are facing and to further discuss our hardship fund ask. We also participated in the latest Welsh Government housing stakeholder call.

  • Do you want to contribute to the safe return of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition following the Covid-19 pandemic? BUCS is looking to recruit sabbatical officers and students to support their 'return to play' process. The group will look at all elements of BUCS delivery, from performance to development. This will include national leagues, regional competition, events, and student-focused engagement. Applications close at midnight tomorrow, Thursday 14 May so apply now
  • We've updated the Covid-19 Response Group page with the slides and notes from the latest weekly officer catch-up meeting on remote welfare and advice provision.

  • Today we revealed the candidates for the election of the first ever Vice President Liberation and Equality taking place at this year's Liberation Conference. The policy proposals have also been published with the priority ballot underway from now until Friday, 15 May.  On Friday we'll also be recording the live hustings of the candidates with Channel 4 News and ITV News editor Keme Nzerem hosting this event.  The hustings video recording, podcast and transcript will be available around 20 May.  Visit the Liberation conference site for more information on the conference taking place online on Wednesday 27 May
  • Registration for Lead and Change opens tomorrow, Thursday. Delegates can look forward to developing your network, enhancing your knowledge and skills and support for your campaigns and planning work. We'll have time for tutor groups and action learning sets, networking sessions, access to a library of specialist content and plenaries so get your delegates registered from tomorrow. More details to follow.