Equal University Action during COVID-19

Equal University Action during COVID-19

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Danielle Theobald started this petition to UK Government and

As many people are aware, schools and exams are getting closed and postponed until further notice due to the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak. We need a national standardisation for UK Universities to ease the added stress and confusion to university students.

 


Although universities are to an extent, their own organisation, each university has taken their own action due to the outbreak. For example, some are shutting down, providing lectures online, creating alternative assessment patterns etc.

 


I believe there should be a standardised action universities must take to avoid bias and inaccuracy in degree results. For a lot of students, this degree is the gateway to the rest of their life and can determine their future career. To shut down some universities yet let others continue to run (via online teaching and alternative assessment) and grade students is biased and can give unfair advantages to students depending on what university they go to.

 


This has a large impact on final year students, who don’t have access to lectures or tutorials and are finding it extremely hard to get through content and understanding, whilst also writing their dissertation.

 


If a standard is made for students across the UK, I believe there would be much less worry and confusion around how we have to revise, if we are going to continue with lectures etc, which is currently a very big problem. A lot of students, including myself, are demotivated as we don’t know what is going on and whether our universities will close, as well as the issue of us paying £9,250 a year for the current online teaching.

 


This particularly affects international students, as many have had to go home to their families before their countries went on lockdown, and are going through extra stresses that come before university work.

 


Universities need to talk and communicate with eachother to provide these measures and to ensure the mental and educational wellbeing of their students, otherwise morales will continue to rapidly decline and many thousands of degree results will be unfairly affected.

 


The government needs to produce a standard procedure for UK universities like has been done with schools and colleges. Please sign this petition if this is affecting you or people you care about, as this uncertainty can impact our entire life, thank you for reading :)

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