Students Deserve Better

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#StudentsDeserveBetter than our treatment during Covid-19!


The government has ignored the needs of students throughout the pandemic. Together, we’re going to change that.


What we want

We know that #StudentsDeserveBetter than their treatment during the pandemic. Now is the time for the governments and universities to recognise this too.

 

  • Uphold students' basic legal rights – students should not be treated differently to other members of the public and scapegoated. We should not be threatened and policed by private security forces.

 

  • No academic disadvantage for students affected by Covid-19 restrictions – all universities and colleges should adopt “no detriment” policies where needed, ensuring that no student is unfairly disadvantaged as a result of the pandemic.

 

  • Rent rebates – students should not be left out of pocket, paying for accommodation they can’t use, especially when they have no clarity on whether they’ll be expected to return to campus. We are calling on governments across the UK to provide compensation for those students affected. 

 

  • Ensure fair treatment during accommodation lockdowns – rent reimbursement for lockdown periods and free internet access, care packages with food, wellbeing materials, and necessities, and targeted educational & mental health support, with facilitation of social activity.

 

  • Provide an effective strategy for education now and for post-covid recovery – Now: an effective test & trace system in place, a move to online teaching as default and a student support package including immediate financial & wellbeing support. Post-Covid: investment into digital infrastructure and mental health support. Future: a new strategy that delivers lifelong, funded and accessible education for everyone in society.

 

How you can be involved


Find out more about this campaign and how you can get involved now, by visiting the following pages:

 

 

Find out about our past actions and campaign work by students and officers on the ground:

 

 

What we’ve won since lockdown


We’ve been fighting for students throughout the pandemic. We’ve been working around the clock, alongside students’ unions, to fight for justice and defend students’ rights since this pandemic began. The collective power of NUS and students’ unions across the country has won…

 

  • £500m back for students, by securing early tenancy release
  • £53.8m for student hardship support with a #StudentSafetyNet and #StudentsDeserveBetter
  • A 4-Nation U-turn on A-level, GCSE and BTEC grading in the summer, winning #JusticeForEducation
  • Rent refunds for students in accommodation lockdown


NUS and students’ unions have and will continue to represent students at local, regional and national levels, united and mobilised. And you can be a part of the action!

 

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