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NUS comments on UCU's release “Unions set out five tests government and colleges must meet before staff and students can return”

Wednesday 13 May 2020

NUS comments on UCU's release “Unions set out five tests government and colleges must meet before staff and students can return”.

Responding to today’s “Unions set out five tests government and colleges must meet before staff and students can return” UCU news release, NUS National President, Zamzam Ibrahim, and Vice President (Further Education), Juliana Mohamad-Noor, said:

“Student and staff safety and wellbeing must be the top priority for the government when determining when students should return to face-to face teaching in colleges and universities.

“Our recent Coronavirus and Students Survey shows four in five students rank their health as the number one priority during the Covid-19 outbreak, therefore no student should be forced to go back to face-to-face teaching before the government can guarantee the health and safety of students and staff.

“Many students are missing out on a crucial education due to a lack of learning resources, caring responsibilities, and they are struggling to pay their bills. This is why we need the government to provide a Student Safety Net which ensures all students, at all levels of education, have access to a national hardship fund, plus the option to retake this year of their qualifications, at no additional cost, while receiving full maintenance support. For fee-paying students who do not wish to take this up, the government must commit to writing off this year of debt or reimbursing this year of their fees.”