Healthcare Students' Fee Reform 2021
Created May 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an irreversible effect on the lives of thousands of students, and none have felt the impact of this more so, than healthcare students. Many joined the workforce full time towards the end of their university careers, committed to fighting an unknown enemy in some of the most demanding and harrowing circumstances imaginable. However, despite this, few will achieve the necessary salary to allow them to become free of tuition-fee debt until well into their careers.
As a result, The University of Surrey Students' Union expresses an opposed standpoint to the government's introduction of tuition fees for students on Healthcare courses, as we recognise the enormous sacrifices made by a generation of students over the past year. Over twelve months on and our healthcare students are consistently on the front line of the NHS and contribute thousands of unpaid hours to the care of the most vulnerable individuals in our society.
It is only a recent change that fees were introduced, with a follow up announcement that students will be provided with a £5,000 bursary to support them with living costs during their degree. The government states that reforms were made to 'help to secure the healthcare workforce' however it is hard to understand how 'secure' healthcare students will feel once they are £27,750 in debt. In recognition of this the University of Surrey Students' Union stands with healthcare students.