An increasing number of students at Durham and Universities across the UK are taking on part-time work alongside their studies to meet crucial living costs, including food, accommodation and course materials. A , showed that 77% of students are working whilst studying. The pressure placed on student workers can also be exacerbated by the fact that student workers are often on low-paying and casual contracts, meaning they can be easily exploited in the workplace.
It’s for these reasons that I launched our Student Worker Rights at the end of last term, seeking to increase awareness among students of the rights they are owed in the workplace and how to access support. You can find information on these rights via our and by completing our .
This week, we’re continuing the campaign by partnering with the University Careers Service for National Student Employment Week! Every day throughout the week we’ll have an interactive stall in Dunelm House, so you can find out more about your rights at work. We’ll also be encouraging you to nominate yourselves or your friends in the National Student Employment Awards, recognising good practice from student employers and celebrating outstanding student employees.
If you have any ideas about resources that you think would be useful to support you as a student worker, or would like to share your experiences of working alongside your studies with us, please feel free to contact me at here.! You can also book an appointment to discuss pat-time work with the Careers Service