NUS MEMBERSHIP UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 15 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:
- Yesterday we announced that Universities UK has responded to our letter on no detriment policies, and you can view the letter here. We'll keep working on this nationally and supporting you to lobby locally
- We’re working to publicly launch the full Coronvirus and Students’ research alongside our student support campaign next week. Look out for an invitation to an embargoed briefing on our plans and what you can do to support our action on launch day. More information coming soon.
- We have received a letter from the Department for Communities confirming the Minister does not have the power to enforce a rent suspension or early termination of contracts. However the Minister has confirmed that she understands measures in place may not provide sufficient support to students in financial hardship, and is working with the Minister for the Economy to explore the potential of maximising the student hardship fund.
- We held a preview session for members today on the results of our Coronavirus and Students’ survey (see NUS UK above for more information). The following SUs met the threshold level for reports and data from the Coronavirus and Students’ survey: University of Liverpool, Bath Spa, Open University, Southampton Solent University, Birmingham City, New College Durham, Walsall College, North West Regional College, Northern Regional College; all will receive their data tomorrow with reports to follow
- Over 30 advice professionals got together as part of yesterday's online networking session to discuss how to support each other in providing advice to students during this difficult time, including tips and resources on advising from home and over email
- We ran a remote officer inductions session with over 40 attendees. The group discussed and shared ideas on how to run online inductions for officers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join future sessions on this topic.