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Important Things To Know: The Covid Referendum

Back in November 2020, our members called for a Students’ Union referendum on tuition fees, based on the effect the Covid-19 pandemic had on their learning experience.

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What is a COVID referendum?

Back in November 2020, our members called for a Students’ Union referendum on tuition fees, based on the effect the Covid-19 pandemic had on their learning experience.

What happened?

In December, this question was asked:

“We believe this term the university experience has failed to meet our expectations and tuition fees should be reduced to reflect this".

And our members were asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement.

4,247 people cased their vote, 98% of which agreed.

What are the next steps?

Working with our sabbatical officer, we made a 5-point plan of action:

  • Approach the University with a view to getting student tuition fees refunded for term 1, or reduced for term 2
  • Contact other Students’ Unions in the UK to establish a national campaign around tuition fee refunds
  • Write to Members of Parliament to pressure the UK Government on the nationwide issue of university tuition fees during COVID-19, and the feeling that students are not getting what they were promised
  • Contact the Office for Students (OfS) and the Department of Education with the aim to further support students nationally with financial and emotional challenges that students are facing across the UK and the world
  • Raise awareness nationally about this problem and the impact it has on our members, through the media

We wrote to the Government…

We know we are not the only university affected by the pandemic, so we wrote a letter to the government and asked other Students’ Unions to sign it. We demanded:

  • Increased funding support for students
  • 50% reduction in fees to be paid by central government
  • Further financial support for international students
  • Increase NHS Mental Health funding
  • Legislation to be introduced to allow for students to break accommodation contracts
  • Remove grade inflation analysis during the pandemic
  • The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to formally assess whether Universities fairly and reasonably marketed what they could offer in Academic Year 2020/21

We’ve got your back!

We, as the Students’ Union, are powered by you, our members, and we’re led by the change you want to see. What matters to you, matters to us. Whether it’s something big, or small, we’ve got your back.

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