Update: 16 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:

  • Piers, our Disabled Students' Officer, is putting together a set of template questions on Covid-19 issues facing disabled staff and students in England and the nations, which disabled people can send to their local authorities or health board. We're aiming for this template to be ready shortly so disabled students and staff can use it for campaigning


  • A reminder that we are working towards publicly launching 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 on this tomorrow


  • This week Gillian Keegan MP, the minister responsible for apprenticeships, responded to our questions about redundancy protection for apprentices, via a TES FE article. She confirmed that apprentices could be furloughed and should be able to continue with their training at home.