OPEN LETTER TO LANDLORDS OF UCA STUDENTS
AN OPEN LETTER TO LANDLORDS OF UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS STUDENTS
29 April 2020
We at University for the Creative Arts and UCA Students’ Union care deeply about our relationships within the community and recognise the importance of supporting the local economy and many organisations.
As we all respond to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) we are heartened to see the outpouring of support for our vulnerable neighbours and those working to stop the spread of the virus.
This is also a difficult time for our students, many of whom will have lost the employment they rely upon to support their studies. Most of our students returned home, whether in the UK or abroad, while able to do so. In many cases this has been to support and care for their families and it is unlikely that they will be able to return this academic year.
We continue operate remotely by moving our teaching and services online, working to reduce the effects of lockdown as much as possible during this time of unparalleled uncertainty. Among other measures, any student living in university-provided accommodation who does not wish to return will be able to terminate their contract for term three, which would be due to start on 20 April 2020.
Local landlords and private providers play a key role in the local area and in the lives of students. We are asking you to join us in supporting our students in this unprecedented situation by showing flexibility and compassion towards your student tenants.
Where possible we also urge you to provide the same support to students who remain, including care leavers and those with no family home to return to.
Our students will be hoping that they can count on you and we hope you, like us, will be able to provide the support they need. We are grateful to all landlords and other accommodation providers who have already taken steps to help students during this testing situation.
Professor Bashir Makhoul
University for the Creative Arts
UCA Students’ Union