For Tuition Fees To Be Lowered
For Tuition Fees To Be Lowered
I am a university student in England, and I am urging you as our leaders to act and speak on our behalf. As a paying student, I am not receiving an education worth £9,250 an academic year and have absolutely no safety in my degrees or future.
From the start of the 2020 academic year, we have been limited to online lectures and seminars, many of us without a simple chance at face-to-face lessons in university based on your restrictions. The necessity for debating, critical thinking amongst peers, practical learning, access to science labs and technology, observative learning and several other aspects the learning process a University is supposed to give to its students, has been stripped from us. This lack of access to lectures and university resources is all under the order of your restrictions. With all of this deprived of us, we are still expected to complete/produce the same amount of work, uphold attendance, be graded, and take exams (regardless of learning style, speech, and language needs) in the same way as the previous 2019 students, who had full access to the resources they were paying for.
A -level students, along with GCSE students have been addressed, given direction, and reassured about their exams and future. However, it is the university students who are paying £9,250 an academic year to study, who have not even received acknowledgement from the Prime Minister or the Government regarding the next steps of our education. The government has not even had the decency to address Universities and their students other than to blame them for the spreading of COVID-19. Where is the exam safety net for University students? Most importantly, how will this significantly reduced service offer affect our degrees, our careers, our access to jobs with grades and the job market reflective of a global pandemic.
Many students have paid a minimum of £7000 to live in student accommodation to be able to access their university campus at ease. Nevertheless, the government has restricted us from accessing the same universities we have been enrolled to learn in. On top of this, the government has urged university students to stay in our accommodations during this pandemic in an attempt to lower the spread of the virus, all while allowing millions of primary and secondary school children to attend closed spaces of their school facilities to demonstrate your support of education in the UK. Are university students not in need of education also?
Although many of us are loaning student fees from the government, we will be expected to carry and repay this debt for many years. We are asking you to speak and act on behalf of University students across the UK. We are pleading for a review, reduced fees, and security of our degrees. Many of us who deferred our university place for 2019 had almost no choice but to join university this year, 2020. Many of us are experiencing isolation and a rapid decline in mental health and emotional wellbeing due to this uncertainty, lack of acknowledgement and the expectation that we should just adapt without the expectation of support. As a democratic country, we empower you as citizens and legal voters to speak and act on our behalf. Please call for a review of our academic year due to the 2020/21 pandemic. We are the future MP’s, nurses, doctors, vets, lawyers etc of the United Kingdom.
A response to this email and addressing of Universities and their students from the Members of Parliament and Prime Minister of this country will help us believe in the future you have promised and are fighting to achieve for us.
Thank you for reading.
Yours faithfully, a University student of 2020/2021