NUS Membership update on Coronavirus (Covid-19) 26 May 2020

  • We met with the Sutton Trust on Friday to discuss areas of mutual interest, particularly the impact of the pandemic on access and success of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and how we can work together to share information and support students and apprentices at this time.
  • We met with the Office for Students on Friday to discuss the consultation on their new regulation condition and offer our views on the potential for unintended consequences, as well as the need to consider how SUs are supported with this condition in place.
  • We met with the various healthcare unions on Friday to discuss next steps in the campaign work to cancel fees for these students and on wider issues around supporting them.
  • We met with Universities UK today for an initial discussion around requirements for students as and when restrictions begin to ease on campuses. Any thoughts from students’ unions are welcome.

  • Last week our #NotStayingNotPaying campaign scored a major victory, as the Scottish Parliament approved emergency Coronavirus legislation that introduces new, shorter notice periods for exiting student accommodation leases.

  • Last week the Health Minister released Northern Ireland’s Mental Health Action Plan which includes specific plans around responding to the impact of Coronavirus on our mental health. Following this action plan the government will be producing a full 10 year strategy. NUS-USI is one of the stakeholders which will be involved in its co-production.

  • Last week the Welsh Government published a resilience plan for the post-16 sector in Wales. The plan sets out how the government will support the whole sector in Wales through the medium and long-term challenges posed by the pandemic.

  • We're preparing evidence and recommendations on support for unions needed by their institutions for the House of Commons Education Committee on coronavirus and students.
  • Remote CEO COP calls are moving to fortnightly from today, with an additional session next Tuesday to focus on student groups, clubs and societies. More information is available here.

  • Liberation Conference 2020 day one has begun online. Elections are currently taking place for Vice President Liberation & Equality, with polls closing at 5pm. Voting results will be announced tomorrow morning. The policy proposals being discussed on day two are Decolonisation, Gender Recognition Act, and Liberating Education. Find out more information on the conference site.