Update on Safety Net and Private Renters’ Fund

This year has been far from ideal for students. We know the pandemic caused concerns for your academic performance, as well as financial challenges. Your feedback has been incredibly important in lobbying the University for changes and this created the basis for your Officers to work with them.  

Your Officers consistently raised the academic aspect with the University and were involved in developing a wider safety net package. We are really pleased this has been agreed and implemented – you can read all about it on the university's blog. We thank the University’s Academic Services Department for their hard work on this. 

The safety net package is wide-ranging and extends further beyond the original no detriment policy. It gives similar protections through a new revised algorithm for degree award classifications, which will consider only your best performance across a reduced number of credits. Unlike before, there is now an opportunity to resit, without penalty, for improvement. This is in addition to the provision of extensions and automatic deferrals for assignments you do not pass or submit. 

Watch the webinar below (captions available) with Ruth Whittaker, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Ramy, your VP Education on the safety net policy.

We have also heard from many of you struggling with your finances, including private renting. This was at the heart of our lobbying on the matter, which has resulted in a Private Renters’ Fund. We know the criteria is restrictive for some of you, and we have raised this issue with the University. We encourage you to apply – please see details here. You have until Friday 26 March.

In addition, you can apply for the Digital Access Fund, Data and Broadband Access Fund and a range of hardship funds, depending on your status, including the Student Support Fund. Further details are available here

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Support Team at bsusupport@brighton.ac.uk.

Thank you for your continued feedback.