Update: 14 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're calling for a national approach to exams, assessment and ‘no detriment’ policies this year, following mixed responses from education institutions to student petitions for action. We’ve used the exam section of the Coronavirus and students survey to reinforce how important this issue is to students


  • Universities UK (UUK) has responded to our letter asking it to adopt a national ‘no detriment’ policy for exams. UUK will not take this up as a national policy, as it wants it's members to have flexibility to set their own policies. This is a real disappointment, as we know a UUK direction would have been a help for students’ unions who are lobbying their universities on this, but we will continue to work on this issue, to lobby nationally and keep you updated


  • We've had our weekly call with the Office for Students and raised questions around financial sustainability, ministerial statements on consumer law, and working together on the results of our forthcoming report on Coronavirus and students.