Implement a safety net policy for University of Kent students for the year 2020-2021

Implement a safety net policy for University of Kent students for the year 2020-2021

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Ethan Hutton started this petition to University of Kent students. and

As per the government guidance students are being encouraged to still attend university. We are paying full fees for a compromised education (100% online).

The country is now in a national lockdown until the foreseeable future, mid-February, however in the small print, it was said that this could last until March 31st. The majority of students will be at home until then, they have no access to study resources, paid for services such as the library, and for some, study space. Therefore studying at home can prove very difficult, even for students currently at their term time addresses who may be distracted through their mental health they are suffering due to the pandemic and now being alone until the foreseeable future.

From September until December, we were promised mixed learning, online and in person. Some only received in person workshops, once a week, until this stopped on December 4th. These workshops were inadequate for discussions and learning content for the courses themselves. 

We were advised by the University to relax over Christmas and not to worry about University. However finding ourselves bombarded by the new restrictions and upcoming deadlines, this has made it very difficult to allow us to focus on upcoming deadlines and assignments. With no safety net policy in place there is an unimaginable pressure and stress on students who want to succeed with their degree whilst living in the current conditions they are in, and to continue to stay in the same mindset of studying as we were before March 2020.

A topic for concern is the Mental Health of students which is heavily overlooked by the government, and the University due to the lack of support provided. There are extreme expectations on students to complete assignments in the time frames required, whilst dealing with the stress of the new national lockdown, as well as the restrictions in place from September until December 2020. There is no reassurance from the University, there is a lack of teaching and support from the University, some lectures and seminars clearly lack quality in comparison to face to face lectures and seminars. The mental health of students is suffering.

This alone is enough to effect the performance of students, however it doesn't stop there. There are many students, who have for the past month spent their time in bedrooms, day in day out, forcing themselves to get work done and meet the pressure of multiple deadlines due. With the library being close, students who used this as a resource will lose their sense of formality and suitable study space the library provided. Some student homes may provide a lack of study space, such as being confined to a small room, noise, and slow Wi-Fi. This will not allow students to work to their full potential.

The workload and expectations of students this academic year despite the pandemic have remained the same. The teaching provided has been appreciated but simply does not live up to the same quality of teaching pre-pandemic. It is not enough for students to find confidence in their studies. In the last academic year, University of Kent introduced the No Detriment Policy to alleviate the worries and pressures students had to face from the newly introduced online teaching. We are nearly a year into this pandemic, and students will have had to undertake a full year of university mostly online. But, as of yet, the university has failed to offer any mitigation system as they did in the year 2019-2020.

This petition does not discredit any actions the university has taken in order to make the students feel safe, and supported. We appreciate the level of hard work put in place to make us feel included, and all the work put into lectures and seminars. We understand that this is more the fault of the government than anyone else's, we urge our university to act and help us in anyway they can.

Therefore, we are asking the University of Kent to introduce a mitigation system, such as the No Detriment Policy, for the year 2020-2021, in order to bring fairer results for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

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