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Update: 27 March 2020

NUS MEMBERSHIP UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 27 March 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:

 

  • Housing has been a key piece of work for NUS UK this week, including a meeting with the Department for Education and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. We used these meetings to raise concerns about student renters using the five demands we published on Monday. We especially emphasised that the measures introduced by government so far will not support renters adequately, and we will continue that dialogue

 

  • We developed this work further today with VP Welfare Eva Crossan Jory writing to Universities UK and landlords’ representatives to ask for them to work to support student renters. We’ve published and press released the three open letters to Universities UK; British Property Federation; and the National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association and you’ll find them here

 

  • We’re working with Student Minds to consider how the changing circumstances are likely to impact on students' mental health beyond the next few days, and considering how to increase support to members, in particular students’ union officers

 

  • The Minister for Universities asked us to publish a letter to HE students today which you’ll find on NUS.org.uk. We’ve published a response to the letter as there’s still more work to be done by government.