I was elected on a manifesto pledge to lead a Cut the Rent campaign on campus and I am pleased to announce that, following a year of grassroots student activism a series of meetings with members of the University’s Executive Board, we have secured the single biggest rent cut for students in Halls of Residence in the history of the student movement – totalling almost £1 million each year.
I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University which will last until the end of 2023 with an opportunity to extend it to last until the end of 2025, on behalf of the Guild which will ensure:
This is perhaps the biggest victory for the national student Cut the Rent movement so far and it is a credit to every student on our campus who signed the petition, went door-knocking, attended campaign meetings and supported the Guild’s fight for affordable accommodation.
On behalf of the students of University of Liverpool, I would also like to thank the NUS and the national student Rent Strike collective for all their support in our campaign. I hope that the national campaign for affordable Halls of Residence continues and other universities follow Liverpool’s lead and listen to their students on this critical welfare issue.
Professor Gavin Brown, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education at the University of Liverpool has said: “Widening access to our institution for students who are under-represented in higher education, specifically learners from disadvantaged and low-income backgrounds is central to the University of Liverpool’s strategic vision. We are proud to be leading the way with this single largest rent reduction in higher education, for those students in receipt of a central Widening Participation bursary.
“We know that accommodation is one of the biggest outgoings for our students and this agreement has been reached because of very positive, collaborative engagement with the Guild of Students and our student body. Listening and working together to achieve this reduction will ensure affordable accommodation and fair access for every student.”