Nearly 250,000 UK students are requesting tuition refunds after the coronavirus closes universities, while thousands face rental obligations for their vacant accommodation
- Sophie Quinn, 21, a third year from Liverpool University, placed the petition days ago
- She said the quality of her university experience this year is ‘not worth £ 9,250’
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Nearly 250,000 UK students have applied for tuition refunds after universities were forced to close due to the corona virus, while thousands face rental requirements for accommodation they cannot use.
The online petition, which was signed by 270,000 British students on Thursday evening, is demanding a refund of all tuition fees starting this academic year due to the overall dissatisfaction with the university experience during the coronavirus outbreak.
“The quality of the university is poor this year and certainly not worth up to £ 9,250,” said the petition, posted by Sophie Quinn, 21, a geography student at Liverpool University.
“Universities are now online only thanks to COVID-19, with only online powerpoints for learning materials not worth up to £ 9,250.”
The online petition, which was signed Thursday evening by 270,000 British students (photo), is demanding tuition fees back from this academic year due to general dissatisfaction with university experience during the coronavirus outbreak
Sophie Quinn, 21, a third-year geography student at the University of Liverpool, said the tuition fee of £ 9,250 per year has to be refunded this year due to students’ poor experience
Fear of the spread of COVID-19 in the UK in the past two weeks has led to universities across the country closing their doors, banning on-campus activities, but asking students to continue working from home to their degree .
“Excursions have also been canceled for which our tuition fees had to be paid,” added the petition.
Quinn, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, told the Guardian that students no longer have a graduation date to look forward to and that “many people are demotivated to do the job.”
She also claimed that students ‘don’t get what we paid for’ because tuition is often used to pay for ‘libraries and building maintenance’.
Picture: an undated file photo of the University of Liverpool. Fear of the spread of COVID-19 in the UK in the past two weeks has led to universities across the country closing their doors, banning on-campus activities, but asking students to continue working from home to their degrees
Union actions in February, where teachers taught at 74 UK universities for 14 days, also disrupted the student experience this year, Quinn said.
Earlier this week, she told the Tab that despite “ pushing through ” on strikes and meeting deadlines, teachers did not meet their mark deadlines.
The 21-year-old added that “this year has now moved online and the last time I checked I hadn’t signed up with The Open University.”
While Quinn was dissatisfied with the quality of education and university experience, others found themselves stuck with housing contracts for properties they couldn’t use.
A freshman, a resident of the private halls of Dobbie’s Point in Glasgow, Petros Passos, told the Guardian that hall manager, student Roost, had sent warnings that his case could be taken to a collection agency after he was unable to make his monthly payments .
He left the hallways to stay with his mother in London, who he says is a key figure.
“It is very stressful,” said Passos. “It is very unfair and unethical to do this, they are not concerned about reputation damage because they can open another building and move on.”
A student roost spokesperson told The Guardian that they would make an exception to their normal cancellation policy to help the students. They agreed to cancel payments from May 1 if they intended to leave the property.