Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement that the return to face-to-face learning in Welsh universities will be delayed until mid-February, NUS Wales President Becky Ricketts said:
“Delaying the return of most university students to face-to-face learning is the right decision given the rate of transmission of Covid-19 and the emergence of the more transmissible variant of the virus.
“Many students now face the prospect of paying hundreds of pounds of rent for accommodation they won’t use until mid-February at the earliest. We demand that Welsh Government, universities and private landlords work to compensate those students, who by staying at home are keeping Wales safe.
“Students have faced additional financial hardship since last March because of the lack of part-time jobs, so making them pay for services they can’t access would be a further kick in the teeth.
“We are reassured that university facilities remain open for students who have already returned to campuses or for whom their term-time address is their permanent home. It is important they receive adequate support, and that universities are able to respond to an inevitable increase in demand for services.”