Poverty Commission

NUS’ Poverty Commission aims to address the barriers working class students face in accessing and succeeding in post-16 education.

Phase One of this ambitious project has involved gathering evidence to create recommendations for government, local authorities and institutions. We have engaged with students, students’ unions, academics, further and higher education sector agencies, trades unions and business, charity and campaign groups, and our findings can be read here

The Department for Education has recently launched a call for evidence, which will inform the review of post-18 tertiary education. The call for evidence confirms the review will include student maintenance support, in a significant win for our Poverty Commission campaign already.

We now embark upon Phase Two of the project – using this evidence to take action to make education truly accessible for you and the next generation to come. To have your say on shaping these next steps on a local and national level please contact us at