Over the past few months, the National Union of Students (NUS) have been running a Student Safety Net campaign calling on the government to provide a number of safety nets for students, who we know have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Your Students' Union is proud to support this national campaign. More information can be found on the NUS website.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant disruption to students' lives.
Students are facing challenging financial situations, their living situations and education has been severely disrupted, and they are concerned for their family members.
We believe that every student should have access to national hardship funding and graduates should have access to an additional grant if they are unemployed, which can be used for training and developing their skills.
We need a student safety net.
Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on our education. Students’ placements have been paused, lessons moved online and access to facilities denied. Students need the chance to redo, reimburse or write-off.
Anyone who wants to should be able to repeat this year of studies, at no additional cost. Anyone who has paid fees through the student loan system should have their debt for this year written off – and if you’ve paid upfront, you should get that reimbursed.
What has Bath Spa Students’ Union done to support the campaign?
We promoted NUS' survey which hundreds of you completed and which helped provide the evidence base needed to launch the Student Safety Net campaign
Your Sabbatical Officers wrote to our local Members of Parliament, Wera Hobhouse MP and Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP outlinining our demands and asking for their support
We have worked closely with NUS to provide local information about Bath Spa University’s Hardship Fund to support the national campaign
Your Sabbatical Officers signed an open letter to Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary to demand better support for international students
What action can you take now?
Join the Complaint Chain! We know many of you have struggled to access your education this term and we believe students should be compensated for the significant disruption. NUS have launched a mass complaint action to put pressure on the government. You can join the action by completing this form. The more people that join, the bigger the impact will be.
Complete the latest NUS survey. Having a better understanding of the situation students are facing enables NUS to effectively develop the national campaign. It also enables your Students' Union to fight for you at a local level. The survey will take between 20-30 minutes and you will be entered in a prize draw to win £500! Deadline to complete the survey is 9am Tuesday 21 July.