This week, as you are well aware, announcements were made by the government to impose a third national lockdown in the United Kingdom due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic.
We know that this is another very challenging time for students across the country. At Roehampton we have worked with the university to respond positively to this situation by supporting an accommodation fee rebate alongside exploring where adjustments can be made to preserve students’ ability to engage, progress and succeed in their studies.
We also recognise that there are further challenges students face and questions they would like answered that can only be addressed by the central government. The recent lockdown announcement provided no details about government support for higher education students, which has frustrated us as much you.
We are currently working alongside a number of other Students’ Unions and Sabbatical Officers to consider a joint approach to ensuring the voices of students are heard by Ministers and MPs to push the case for a level of government support to be provided to universities and students.
We are preparing open letters and plan to deliver these to Gavin Williamson, Michelle Donelan, our local Councillors and MP and anyone else in government who we feel is in a position to address the concerns of University students across the country.
We will continue to listen to you and work with the university to ensure that Roehampton students are supported throughout this lockdown and beyond. Please feel free to share this post with anyone who you feel will benefit from reading it.
All of our Students’ Union services are still here for you to access online and you can find out more by heading to www.roehamptonstudent.com.
Should you need us, you can get in contact with us through our website’s digital reception (click the bottom right corner), via email at RSU@roehampton.ac.uk or through any of our social media platforms.
Your Sabbatical Officers,