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Update: 3 April 2020

NUS MEMBERSHIP UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 3 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:

  • We've organised a joint letter through the APPG for Students from 110 MPs calling for the government to take action to protect student renters, student workers and provide students with flexibility and choice on examinations

 

  • We're writing to the Department for Work and Pensions to call for more financial support for students who are not able to work or have had their hours cut due to Covid-19

 

  • We've had calls with representatives from the British Dental Association and Unison to further discuss issues around education, funding and fees for student dentists and student nurses and midwives arising from changes to courses in the next few months, to help inform the wider work we are undertaking on these issues. We are planning some further joint work with both organisations and other healthcare unions

 

  • We received a reply from the NRLA regarding our demands for student renters. Eva has since issued a further reply and we have contacted the CMA

 

  • We met with the OfS to feed into their effective practice briefing to universities regarding student renters

 

  • We are working on a briefing for SUs regarding action they can take locally to protect student renters

 

  • We are working with UNISON and the healthcare unions to lobby government regarding healthcare students and debt-write offs