21st November 2019

This is Our Student Manifesto

When Sheffield students go to the polls on December 12th, we will be voting for candidates and policies which support, sustain and strengthen our students! This is our General Election manifesto.

HOUSING
Too often private renters are left short-changed, subject to unfair rent increases, living in damaged or unsuitable housing and unable to challenge them for fear of eviction. Our students need and want more predictable and affordable rents, safe and secure accommodation and to address the power imbalance between renters and their landlords. We support...

  1. The introduction of rent controls
  2. The creation of a national register of landlords
  3. A crackdown on disrepair, with properly funded enforcement


MENTAL HEALTH
We are living in a mental health crisis, with the demand for mental health care rapidly rising. We want a commitment to increased funding for mental health services and research, as well as a commitment to improving access routes to mental health support for all students. We support...

  1. More funding for NHS Mental Health services
  2. A joined-up service allowing access to GP provision at Uni and at home
  3. Allocation of resources for service provision for young people


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ RIGHTS
We are a proudly international University and believe everyone, no matter where you come from should have equal and accessible chance to be educated and represented. In the wake of Brexit, we believe that residence status, Post Study Work Visas and the right of refugees and asylum seekers to study in the UK are more important than ever. We support...

  1. Guaranteeing EU students residence status, and remove comprehensive sickness insurance requirements
  2. Refugee & asylum seekers studying as home students
  3. Post-study work rights for international students


HIGHER EDUCATION
Our education system is precious. We want an education system which values its students and staff. We would also like to see a shift, away from students being treated as ‘consumers’ of education, but rather as active in the co-production of knowledge and learning. Access to education is a right and not a privilege. We support...

  1. Free, publicity-funded education
  2. Repurposing or abandoning the teaching excellence framework and end the marketing of higher education
  3. Proactive steps to widen access to higher education


COST OF LIVING
The cost of being a student is already too high, without factoring in interest rates of student debts. We want to see a government which commits to reducing burdens placed on students and graduates. We support...

  1. Reinstating a grant system where maintenance funding adequately covers the living cost
  2. Commitment to control interest rates on student debs
  3. Removing the tampon tax from sanitary protection products


CLIMATE CHANGE
We are living in a climate crisis which will affect our generation and others to come. Students need a government who will commit to taking the necessary steps to halt damaging carbon-emitting practises, and transitioning to a sustainable economy and society. We support...

  1. The rapid transition to a sustainable economy & society
  2. Greater investment in public transport
  3. Supporting the creation of sustainable and secure jobs


BREXIT
With the future of the United Kingdom at a critical juncture, we think it is imperative that we give students the best possible experiences and opportunities to work, live and develop skills in Europe, now, and in the future. We support...

  1. Avoiding no deal or hard Brexit
  2. Supporting Erasmus students and protect freedom of movement
  3. Protecting research funding & partnerships

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