Dear Universities UK,
Im an prospective student holding 3 offers from different UK universities for my postgraduate admission. My course start date from all the three universities is the last week of September. Me and other students like me are worried about the smooth start of our course due to the current Corona virus crisis. It would be great if you can let me know the plan of government for the start of this intake.
The distance learning option is a widely heard option to maintain social distancing. I clearly support such a step as we are left with minimal option at this time. However, such an option might completely drain the chance of interaction between students from various countries and culture which is one of the main reason many choose to study abroad. What the students expect in such a condition is a reduction in the university fee, is there any chance of such a step taken from the government’s side.
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Thank you for your email regarding the impact of coronavirus on your studies. I appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain situation.
Universities recognise that students are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on their studies. Universities are working hard to provide remote teaching and support so that students can achieve the required learning outcomes for their course of study. Major efforts are being made by university staff to ensure that course modules can be completed, resources can be accessed, exams and assessments can proceed where appropriate, and qualifications can be awarded. Universities also continue to provide careers advice and support for mental health and wellbeing.
Where there is wide-ranging support for active and ongoing learning and progression, students should not expect any fee refund from their university. This has also been made clear in an online FAQ by the Department for Education: https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/...
Students who have difficulty continuing with their learning, perhaps because of illness, caring responsibilities or lack of access to IT, or who are not satisfied with the alternative provision and support they are getting, should make this known to their university in the first instance. Every university will have their own established process for managing complaints, and will be mindful of the extenuating circumstances.
The university will do what they can to address the complaint. If the student is not happy with the result, they can take their complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in England and Wales, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman or to the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.
Read the full statement from Universities UK on this question: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/covid19...
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