NUS MEMBERSHIP UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 28 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:
- #SpaceToStudy: we need a Student Safety Net! On Friday we will be taking action with students to show the need for a Student Safety Net. We want students to show how they are struggling to access their education by showing us their #SpaceToStudy. Whether it’s dodgy broadband in rural villages, being called up to now work in a hospital, noisy households, or not being able to go into your lab and working in your bedroom instead – we want to show this. We want students to put a picture of their workspace on social media, tag their uni or college and tell us why their learning conditions aren’t ideal – and why they need the option to redo the year, reimburse their fees or write-off their debt – using #StudentSafetyNet #SpacetoStudy. Get ready at midday on Friday!
- We've provided information on the impact of Covid-19 on students to the Education Select Committee ahead of their evidence session with the Education Secretary on Wednesday
- We've sent MPs suggested questions to ask at the Education oral parliamentary questions session next week
- We met the Office for Students yesterday for our weekly call, discussing our Student Safety Net campaign, and related topics including PGR students
- Yesterday we also met with the Chief Executive of the Intergenerational Foundation to discuss joint concerns and how we can support young people in the pandemic
- We met the Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator today, discussing with them the complaints processes in relation to Coronavirus, our Student Safety Net campaign and working together in the student interest.
- We made representations directly to the Welsh Government’s Education Minister in a sector meeting, asking how the government plans to support students through the crisis. We’ve also secured a one-on-one meeting with the Minister next Monday
- We’ve pulled together information on the various government business support funds that some unions will be eligible for. Details are on Connect
- Covid-19 response groups are meeting for the second time over the coming weeks, starting with a session today. More information is here
- We’re working with partners from across the sector to ensure the long term security, protection and financial viability of unions. We’ll keep you updated as we make progress.