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The NUS wants compensation, EU students lose loans and international students receive a message

While universities contemplate what the social distancing guidelines in England of “one metre plus” will mean for the unlocking of campuses, and we mourn the loss of Guess the Detail, the teatime quiz show live from Downing Street, there is a lot going on in higher education this morning.

The National Union of Students is today launching a “mass action” to demand debt relief and compensation for the disruption to students caused by Covid-19. The NUS estimates that around 20 per cent of students have been unable to access their learning at all during the pandemic and 33 per cent do not believe it to have been good quality. Particularly badly affected, the union says, are the many disabled students who have not received reasonable adjustments remotely, those who have lost access to studio, lab or workshop space, and students on placements.

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