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Nottingham Trent Uni waives law student accommodation fees

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Nottingham Trent University (NTU) will waive accommodation fees for law students that have left the city during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a statement on Friday, NTU’s vice chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said he was “acutely aware” of students’ concerns about being charged fees for their accommodation while isolating at home during term three.

He confirmed all students that have vacated their term-time residence and will not be returning to their rooms this academic year will not be charged rent. This only applies to those staying in accommodation provided directly by NTU or its partner, University Partnerships Programme (UPP). NTU told Legal Cheek this applies to any Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) student in this situation.

“Consistent with our commitment to putting the interests of our students first, we have decided NTU will waive all term three accommodation fees for all accommodation provided by the university directly or in partnership with UPP who do not return to Nottingham this academic year,” Professor Peck said, adding:

“Fees will apply for those students who do return or who do not leave; we recognise that some of these students may be suffering financial hardship due as a consequence of the current crisis and we have already increased the resources available to support them through our hardship fund.”

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NTU said it is unable to make the same decision on behalf of private third-party accommodation providers but is in active discussion with some of the larger ones. Some, it said, are cancelling third term accommodation fees for students who will not be in residence, while others are refusing to waive these fees.

“For me, this is unjust. Those students who are staying away are doing so to respect government advice to stay at home and thus safe lives; in my view they should not be financially penalised for embracing their civic duty,” continued Professor Peck.

NTU previously suspended all face-to-face teaching to curb the spread of the virus on campus. Since then it has put in place arrangements to support its students through online learning and will advise them this week about their online assessments taking place in the summer.

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5 Comments

Xylophone Man

Just let those providers know that their contracts will not be renewed and they’ll soon STFU.

Rachel Hill

My son is currently in his 1st year at Trent staying in Glass Houses. His accommodation was not arranged via the university, as there was nothing available, but by ourselves.
When the university stopped giving face to face lectures my son came home. Whilst he brought some things home with him, he still has clothes and other personal items in the flat. We would like to return to his flat to clear all his things but obviously we are unable to do so as we are adhering to the government rules and staying at home.
How do we stand regarding paying the next term accommodation fees. DO WE STILL NEED TO PAY as he still has some items left in his flat?

Mary

My daughter is In Same position have you found anything out yet

Jo W

This is an unprecedented situation for our students in the UK. I am certainly impressed by many accommodation providers, however the likes of VITA Student in Leeds where my son has been living since Sept 19 are not taking a fair approach at all. My son came home as he was advised to do so, he is doing his duty by staying at home, he is completing his first year online. He has lost his job which helped him fund his accommodation and living expenses because of VOCID-19. VITA Leeds has 180 rooms and a heavy international residency, he could not afford to stay there nor did he feel safe staying there. Unlike IQ Accommodation who are allowing students to stay/leave as required with refunds/no further payments/no penalty – VITA are refusing saying that they remain open – tho none of their communal areas are obviously available – my son pays £205 per week for his accommodation and has paid in full until July! Its time the government intervened and helped our students out – the PBSA’s will survive as the government has already put measures in to help businesses. VITA Student you are a disgrace as it is NOT about student welfare, it is about £££! There may be international students that want to remain in their accomm, fine let them but also let the ones who want to leave or who have left do so and refund or don’t charge them for the remainder of the lease!

Iain

HI, MY DAUGHTER HAS A STUDIO AT VITA IN LEEDS TOO, SHE HASNT BEEN THERE FOR WEEKS AND WEEKS AND I AM DUE TO PAY THE LAST PAYMENT OF CIRCA £3K NEXT MONTH. VITA’S STANCE IS DISGUSTING, PUTTING STATEMENTS ON THIER SITE ABOUT REMOTE ACCESS TO SERVICE – I WILL NOT BE PAYING THE FULL AMOUNT FOR THE FINAL PAYMENT, BUT WE DO NEED SUPPORT TO ENSURE WE ARE NOT FORCED TO PAY IN FULL FOR SERVICES WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED.

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