WHAT YOU VOTED ON
In November students called for a Students’ Union referendum on tuition fees based on the effect COVID had already had on your learning and experience. In December, a question was asked of you:
“We believe this term the university experience has failed to meet our expectations and tuition fees should be reduced to reflect this".
4,247 of you cast your vote, with 98% of you voted to agree with the statement. We, as the Students’ Union, are powered by you, our members, and we’re led by the change you want to see.
OUR FIVE POINT PLAN
Due to the referendum being passed, the Sabbatical Officer team and the Students’ Union’s next course of action is as follows:
- Approach the University with a view to get 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
For a full breakdown of what we’ve done so far, check out our 'Latest Updates'.
As laid out in our 5-point plan, it’s not just Essex which has been affected. So, we wrote a letter to government and asked other Students’ Unions to sign it – you can read it here. In the letter it demands:
- 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