In response to the national cost of living crisis, the team at UEA Students Union have been working with the University to find a viable solution to assist students at UEA during these unprecedented times. As part of this work, we have formulated a manifesto which we are proud to present to you as it is sent to the Vice Chancellor, David Richardson. Below is a quick preview of the letter we have sent:
On behalf of our members, we are writing today to present our ‘Cost of Living’ manifesto for this academic year ahead of its publication to our members next week.
We are deeply concerned, as we are sure you are, with the detrimental impact the UK’s economic situation is having on the students of UEA, and potential negative impact it is having on student well-being, attainment, and student engagement.
With inflation rising to record highs, student living costs have risen by 14%, compared to a 2.3% increase in the value of maintenance loans (Save the Student). In a survey of 3,500 students and apprentices conducted by NUS, 96% of students reported having to reduce their pending with nearly a third left with just £50 a month after paying rent and bills.
You can view the full letter and manifesto here.
Your officer team
Evie Drennan - Activities and Opportunities Officer
Serene Shibil Sexton - Campaigns and Democracy Officer
Aaron Campbell - Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer
Taylor Sounes - Undergraduate Education Officer
Elise Page - Postgraduate Officer