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Update 15 May 2020

  • NUS National President Zamzam Ibrahim will be representing us (virtually) in Parliament on Monday morning. She will be presenting the need for a Student Safety Net to the Education Committee. We’ll be watching live from 09.30 – why not join us?
  • We’ve just released the next set of actions that students’ unions can take to win a Student Safety Net. Our next meeting with the Universities Minister is on 1 June, so it’s our job between now and then to bring influential people on side and win the public argument for our campaign!
  • NUS Disabled Students Officer, Piers Wilkinson, will be attending Westminster HE Forum next Tuesday, 19 May where university admissions will be discussed. Piers has also put together templates of Covid-19 questions students and SUs can ask their local authorities, health boards, and equivalent governing bodies in the nations. If you have any feedback please email the Disabled Students Campaign
  • We met with the Department for Education and Ministry of Housing today regarding students being stuck in tenancies for the next academic year
  • We've also been meeting with the Shadow Education Team today about their policy on student renters.

  • NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe attended the Further and Higher Education Covid-19 Ministerial Leadership Group meeting yesterday, with the Minister for FE, HE and Science Richard Lochhead and colleagues from across the sector. Liam raised issues of student poverty, warning of a “ticking timebomb” of student deprivation, as well as the need for refunds for students charged unfairly for accommodation they could no longer use, and a no detriment policy
  • NHS Scotland are now recruiting staff to carry out contact tracing to disrupt community transmission of Covid-19. There’s a wide variety of roles, including call handlers, administrators and data analysts as well as nurses and consultants. Could you help?

  • NUS Elections Survey 2020 is now open! This survey is conducted every year to identify trends and good practice in how students’ unions conduct fair elections for elected student roles.  We use the survey to share with the movement different union’s approaches to elections, to harvest and share good practice, and to ensure we’re running the election support service in a way that is useful for members. Please note we ask for one response per union. Deadline for responses is 1 June. For any queries please contact the Elections Team
  • The government's Job Retention Scheme has been revised again so we've updated our furlough advice for students’ unions
  • We're updated the Covid-19 response groups page with notes from various meetings and have added details on the next set of meetings to be held
  • In light of the pandemic and social distancing, Liverpool Guild of Students and NUS have decided to not hold Membership Services Conference this year. We know connectivity between unions is arguably more important now than it ever has been – for mutual support, for sharing learning and ensuring we’re best serving students in these unprecedented times. Therefore we will instead be working with relevant communities of practice to ensure a series of networking and learning events can take place online. More details to follow shortly, however if you have questions or ideas, please contact Union Development. The good news is that Membership Services Conference 2021 will take place on 10 and 11 August and will be delivered by Liverpool Guild of Students in partnership with NUS
  • We've published all public versions of our Students and Coronavirus survey results, including those looking at responses purely from FE students, HE students, students in Northern Ireland, students in Scotland, students in Wales and students in London. All reports are available here. We’ve also started planning phase two of this research
  • We’re preparing advice for students’ unions who are regulated by the Charity Commission, the OSCR or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland on their requirements for reporting impacts of coronavirus. This will be published next week.

  • Today we held the live hustings for candidates for the election of the first ever Vice President Liberation and Equality, where Channel 4 News and ITV News editor Keme Nzerem asked candidates the questions you submitted. The recordings of the hustings, as well as the podcast and transcript will be made available next week. The candidates for the volunteer campaigns and steering committees can be viewed now, while the final policy proposals for Liberation Conference will also be available shortly on the Liberation Conference hub
  • Register now for Lead and Change 2020!  This year's events will be held virtually and delegates can continue to look forward to developing their network, enhancing their knowledge and skills and getting support for their campaigns and planning work. For information and to register visit our Lead and Change page.