Amendments to Higher Education Bill After Pressure from Students

Credit to James Rhodes

Credit to James Rhodes

This week the government has made several key amendments to Higher Education and Research Bill after much lobbying and campaigning by student unions across the UK.

On the 15th of November, Sorana Vieru, the Vice President of NUS (The National Union of Students) was welcomed with the news by Jo Johnson the MP of Orpington. There are 4 main changes that affect students however the full list of amendments to the Higher Education bill can be found here.

The key changes are:

  • There will now be more support for postgraduate research training.
  • Stronger protection for students.
  • The Office for Students board now has a specific student representative after much campaigning from NUS.
  • Universities are now required to give more information about ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds to ensure fair access for all students.

NUS agree that these changes are a step in the right direction for students and their future, however they are still campaigning for further amendments.

Sorana Vieru, commented on the situation saying: “We still have a lot of work to do to challenge the government’s overhaul of higher education and put better plans forward. I’m glad the government has finally agreed with us that students should be included in decisions being made about them. These amendments show how students can have an impact and influence change if we work together.”

To this end, NUS has organised a demonstration on the 19th of November through central London to protest tuition fees, damaging education policies and fight for free, quality further and higher education that will be accessible for everyone.

If you would like to no more, check out some of the relevant information here.

 

Hiba Bukhari

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