lockdown 3.0: what you need to know
*We have written a further update with more information, please click here to read*
What we are doing for the student community during the third lockdown
The last week has been a lot to process. We have been put into a third lockdown, our lives have been put on hold again and students across the UK have been faced with rent and tuition payments for an experience that they don’t feel they signed up for. It’s frustrating, it’s difficult, and it’s not fair for the UWE Bristol student community.
We know that you want answers and action, and we are working hard to try and get these for you. This may take time, but please understand that we see your messages, we see your comments and we are doing everything we can for the student community.
We understand that you may be frustrated and may think that change isn’t happening, but we are reacting as quickly as we can. We and the University find out about the changes at the same time as you, and with a quick turnover for each lockdown, it doesn’t give us much time to pre plan or adapt.
Today we want to highlight the steps we are taking and the things that we need from you.
What The Students’ Union is doing
The Presidents Team is in ongoing conversations with UWE Bristol round tuition fees reduction, rent freezes, the no detriment policy, wellbeing support and the impact the third lockdown is having on international students.
We are pleased to confirm that UWE Bristol will be refunding six weeks of rent to students living on campus if they are not able to return to their accommodation. We also are in talks with private accommodation providers including Unite, who are providing a 50% discount for a total of four weeks and are offering four weeks’ free accommodation extension to eligible students whose tenancy ends before 1 August.
As we did in March, we are also lobbying your local MPs to express our concern over the struggles that students who are privately renting are currently facing. We have created a letter, which you can download Landlord Letter and send to your landlord to ask for a reduction in fees or a refund on your rent for the time that you are not there.
We will continue to keep you updated on our progress with all of these matters on this page.
It is important to remember that you can still access our services. Our Frenchay and Glenside Receptions and U Block Shop are still open to support students on campus. Our Advice Centre is also on hand to provide free and impartial advice and the HallsLife Team is working on a range of virtual events that all students can get involved with.
What you need to do
Let us know your concerns. We need you to contact us directly and let us know the specific areas that you want to be addressed. To do this please complete our feedback form here.
You also need to give us time. Each lockdown we have experienced has come with new and different challenges. Our Presidents and staff are working hard to ensure that we are providing you with support, while also adapting to lockdown.
Change isn’t going to happen overnight, UWE Bristol is a large complex organisation and there are many factors that need to be considered. We need you to be patient and understand the size of what we are trying to navigate.
We also think it’s important that the Government takes accountability for the position that universities have been put in and understand that they are also responsible for the challenges that are facing the student community. We would encourage you to voice your concerns to your local MP.
So for now, please be assured that we are continuing to voice your concerns to the University and will keep working to ensure that steps are put in place to support the student community.