Update 19 May 2020

  • Take action to help us win a Student Safety Net! We have released an open letter to the Treasury, asking them to release money to fund a Student Safety Net. We know that we are stronger together, and we need you to sign it along with your Principal, VC or senior leaders in your SU to build pressure on the government before our next meeting with the Universities’ Minister on 1 June
  • We met with the Office for Students on Monday and discussed teaching quality, with a view to helping students identify whether they have received adequate teaching this year. Although we are campaigning for a systemic solution to this issue, it’s important that we make steps to help students identify for themselves if they have received adequate teaching
  • We had a meeting with the Student Loans Company today to discuss the needs of vulnerable students including care-experienced students, estranged students, student parents and others. This included updates on service changes to support these students and discussions on what additional support could be provided
  • NUS National President Zamzam Ibrahim appeared before the Education committee on Monday giving evidence on how Covid-19 has affected students in higher education. She spoke about the transformation to online learning and how this has had inequitable effects on some students, the financial concerns of students and the future of higher education. Rewatch the session
  • Yesterday the Immigration Bill received its second reading in parliament. We briefed MPs on our main concerns with the bill ahead of the debate and many of these were mentioned, including by the Shadow Immigration Minister. Read the debate.

  • We've been meeting with the Scottish Government today and will also be meeting with them tomorrow to discuss members' concerns.

  • We met with the chair of the Economy committee last week and lobbied members on the importance of boosting hardship funds for students in NI.
  • NUS-Wales
  • We met with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales to discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on the HE sector in Wales and what more can be done to support students through and beyond the pandemic
  • We discussed the latest issues arising in our weekly meeting with student officers in Wales, including plans for the 2020/21 academic year and students' rights around housing.

  • Officer catch up update! Every week, sabbatical officers in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland hold a catch up. In England, we organise these regionally for officers in the North, South and Midlands. The regional catch ups for England will now take place fortnightly, with the next one on Tuesday 26 May. You can register for any of them here. Wales and Scotland catch ups remain unchanged
  • We’ve published guidance relevant to all areas of the UK for students unions who are regulated by the Charity Commission/OSCR on their reporting requirements during the coronavirus pandemic, available on Connect.

  • The countdown is on for Liberation Conference 2020, taking place next Wednesday 27 May.  The three policy proposals you have selected to discuss at conference are: Decolonisation, the Gender Recognition Act, and Liberating Education. We will be posting  the recordings of last week's hustings shortly, as well as the podcast and transcript.  For more information and to view the candidates standing for Vice President Liberation and Equality, as well as volunteer positions for the campaigns and steering committees, visit the conference hub
  • Lead and Change 2020 is now open and this year's event promises to be just as inspiring as previous years!  Although this year's events will be held virtually, 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.