Advice on COVID-19 for Student Members

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant and unprecedented challenges for students, teachers and institutions. Equity is here to support our Student Members during these uncertain times. We are committed to assisting and advising those studying or due to graduate during the ongoing global health crisis.

For the latest UK-wide and industry specific advice visit our Coronavirus advice page

Stay informed

While institutions across the world will be following the latest global health advice, different Colleges, Universities and Conservatoires can have differing internal policies. These policies dictate protocol for internal matters in times such as a global pandemic. With this in mind, it is important to keep informed of your education provider’s specific policies to understand how COVID-19 may affect your personal circumstances as a student.

  • The Office For Students has published advice on COVID-19 including information on Learning and Assessment, Accommodation and Finance, and Health and Wellbeing.
  • The Office of the Independent Adjudicator has published FAQS for students on external complaint escalation in relation to COVID-19.
  • The Student Loans Company (SLC) has issued guidance for students on GOV.UK. The page is updated as the Government issues further information on student loans in relation to COVID-19.
  • UniGuide has created a useful guide on your rights as a student.

Stay involved

Once you understand the policies in place at your institution and how this relates to your current learning experience, you can empower others by sharing this knowledge with them. At times like these, misinformation can spread easily, so receiving clear information from your institution’s leadership is paramount. Sharing this knowledge with your fellow students will allow you to keep abreast of any future changes as the climate of COVID-19 is managed across the world. Keeping this channel of communication open with your institution’s leadership will allow you as students to become active participants in these discussions.

To do this, you could ask to get in touch with your Equity Student Dep at your institution, or you might choose to get involved with your Student Union or Student Body. During this time, some students may elect a COVID-19 Student Representative to liaise with faculty on their behalf to relay any feedback, concerns or ideas that Students would like to share with their institution’s leadership.

These are unprecedented times for us all, but we can get through the COVID-19 crisis by facing it together. If you’re seeking Equity’s help or advice, the more you know, the more accurately we can advise you. Like anybody, the union can’t answer theoretical questions with authority, so these open channels of communication will allow us to help you as best we can.

Useful resources

Mental health support

Many of us are experiencing stress or anxiety. Mental health website ArtsMinds has a page of resources to assist you in coping with COVID-19 related worry.

Get in touch

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Equity is still visiting HE spaces digitally and - where guidelines permit - in person UK-wide. Ask your Course Leader to book in an Equity Student Talk for your cohort to learn more about Equity membership, your workplace rights and more!

If you’d like some advice on your current learning experience from a member of the Equity Team, contact info@equity.org.uk and your query will be forwarded to the most relevant staff member.