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Coronavirus and Students: Key Questions

Tuesday 17 March 2020 NUS News

We’ve outlined a number of questions that we believe may be useful for students and/or their students’ unions to ask of their education institutions or other bodies.

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing major disruption to societies across the globe. For apprentices, further, and higher education students, we are already beginning to see the effects, ranging from the closures of campuses in the UK to international students unable to travel to or from their home countries. The situation is fast-moving and both government and sector guidance is evolving on a daily basis, with the UK Government and devolved administrations working together but taking different decisions in some respects.

NUS is not a public health body and does not intend to offer guidance to students’ unions or students on how and when to change or cancel activities, and we continue to advise that our members follow the advice of the relevant public health authority in their part of the UK. However, we know students will have some key concerns around COVID-19 and how it affects their studies, accommodation and travel, as well as student finance and funding.

We’ve outlined a number of questions in the document below that we believe may be useful for students and/or their students’ unions to ask of their education institutions or other bodies, including for example local student housing providers.

Read full document here.

We intend to keep this document updated as the situation develops. If students have any suggestions for additions or feedback on our answers, please get in touch by emailing policy@nus.org.uk