In response to the new lockdown restrictions for higher education in England, NUS' Vice-President Higher Education Hillary Gyebi-Ababio said:
"The government’s inability to deal with the pandemic has once again led us to a sadly necessary national lockdown. The impact of yet another lockdown on students’ education and welfare will be severe, and ongoing disruption means students are struggling to make ends meet. Students need substantial support.
• Universities must provide a high quality of online teaching and learning and we need rapid investment to enable every student to properly access it.
• No-detriment policies in every university
• Rent rebates and the opportunity to leave tenancies early
• Urgent investment and scaling up of online student mental health services
Students have regularly been ignored, lied to and even blamed throughout this pandemic by the government and universities – enough is enough – students deserve better."