International fees should be reduced by 25% as the education is 100% online

International fees should be reduced by 25% as the education is 100% online

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Diana Alakhmad started this petition to UK Parliament and

Due to the the government laws of introducing 2 lockdowns in the UK, and since March 2020 up to now the education provided by Universities is 100% online. 

International students who left their home country to seek a better education in the UK, are now not able to get the same education quality as most of us can't even attend campus due to the restrictions the  and the majority are back in their home countries. 

While the Universities claim that the education provided is the same, this is not true. Laboratory sessions have been cancelled, students graduating with weaker practical skills thus weaker CV profiles, data analysis sessions and computer session are not delivered anymore, year 3 projects are mostly converted to dry projects, even the chance for students to present their project posters has been cancelled. Having cancelled the SURE schemes for students in summer 2020 and not doing anything to compromise this effect, where students now can't even apply to PhD or strong master courses due to the lack of skills. 

Online lectures are not the same quality, they are certainly not checked for their quality, it feels like students are buying educational YouTube videos for 18K, which doesn't sound fair. I guarantee if lecturers re-listen to all of the posted lecture videos they will actually understand why students are that hurt. We cannot teach lecturers how to teach, but it very painful to pay this much for a video of someone reading of PowerPoint slides with my respect to those who truly did their best to deliver high quality material.

It doesn't stop here, most of us cannot access any of the university's facilities. Library capacities is reduced, students are neglected by staff and the university.  Revising for exams became like winning in a war, the educational environment now feels so toxic that instead of enjoying the course, students are dealing with stress and anxiety. 

International students are not eligible for any external/internal funding or any financial help, we still pay full accommodation fees as the university and the government haven't decided when can we come back. Most of us are back home working to help our families with this financial crisis, while most of the jobs are cancelled and we are left with kitchen night shifts. and we still are left with no choice but pay 18K for online videos. 

This is impacting student's mental health massively, and making international feel very unfairly treated and left out. UK is our second home after we have left ours to come and study here. Student's mental health isn't something to be ignored. 

While we  appreciate all the staff's and everyone's effort during the pandemic and the fact that educations has not stopped is greatly appreciated . We acknowledge that this is not the university's fault, the pandemic affected us all. We highly understand that this is due the government's decisions. And this petition is not to discredit the help and support that the university and staff has already given. International and home students are affected the same way, and both should be considered for financial aid. 

While it is impossible to refund the full fees since March 2020, we therefore ask the university to reduce our fees for 2021 by 25% for international undergraduate students as a form of support. 

 

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