Help QMUL Postgraduate Students Receive a Partial Refund on their Tuition Fees

Help QMUL Postgraduate Students Receive a Partial Refund on their Tuition Fees

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QM Students started this petition to Queen Mary University of London

The postgraduate students of Queen Mary University of London are petitioning to receive a partial refund on their tuition fees for the 2020/2021 academic year.

As students in the midst of a pandemic and national lockdown, we believe we should not be paying the full price of tuition when we are not benefitting from the full academic experience. 

Initially, students and staff alike were under the impression that we would be returning to normal sooner rather than later. That has not been the case, and it seems that the lockdown will be extended for several more weeks. So, we are urging the university to take action, and relieve students from this unreasonable financial pressure. 

The following are a few reasons as to why we believe a partial refund is justified:

1. Closed facilities. We are currently not allowed to use any of the university's facilities. This includes laboratories, libraries, lecture halls, etc.

2. Cancellation of practicals and hands-on experiences. This has been particularly noticeable to medical and medical sciences students, who rely heavily on such experiences to develop their skills. Laboratory practicals, autopsies, field trips, and shadowing opportunities have all been cancelled until further notice. Even if such activities were to resume in the third term, there will not be enough time or spaces to accommodate all students. Many of us have chosen a QMUL programme over other universities' specifically because of the advertised practical aspect. 

3. Substitution of in-person for online lectures. Although the content may be similar, it cannot be argued that online learning offers the same quality and standard as in-person teaching. This is particularly true for pre-recorded lessons, which do not allow for discussion or questions.

It can be concluded that, compared to previous years, there is a sizeable gap in the knowledge, training, and experience we have acquired. Thus, it is only fair that we are not disadvantaged further, given the current economic climate and struggles many students already face. What's more, tuition fees have been steadily increasing every year, meaning that the 2020/2021 cohort has paid more for less.

We would like an open and transparent discussion with the university about this matter, but without support our voices will not be heard. Please sign our petition to make this change possible. 

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