Demanding Government support for students

Why Essex is leading national calls for urgent action...

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an enormous, detrimental impact on the wellbeing, safety and academic success of students.   

In recent weeks Essex students have shown the strength of feeling towards this issue, with more than 4,000 students voting for a reduction in fees in our online referendum in December.

To represent our members' voices to government, we've written to Michelle Donelan (Minister for Universities) and Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education) demading urgent support for students.

We've also been active in reaching out to other SU's to build a campaign alliance on this issue that amplifies all our voices on this critucal issue. 

As a result of this work, our letter to government has been co-signed by 45 other Students' Unions from across the UK, with more than 80 individual signatories adding their voices to those of our 16,000 members at Essex.

Students' Union support for the letter has come from Sheffield, York, Edinburgh, Brighton, UEA, Liverpool, Manchester, Surrey and Exeter, amongst many more.   

You can read our letter demanding urgent support from government here.

We are currently awaiting a response from the Minister for Universities and the Secretary of State for Education.