University students have started a campaign to have their tuition fees refunded as they say that remote learning should not cost up to £9,250-per-year.
Over 235,000 students have signed a petition demanding that they are reimbursed for this academic year’s fees.
Most universities have told students to return home, where they can, and have moved lectures and classed to online. Graduation ceremonies and final year exams have been cancelled, with online alternatives offered.
Sophie Quinn, a 21-year-old Geography student at Liverpool University who started the petition said: “Our year has been cut short with a lot of us still expected to adapt and meet our deadlines that we have been given regardless of having to change projects, revision or dissertations.
“Of course, university is a place of independent learning but now we aren’t even able to access the resources that our tuition fees pay for such as study space, libraries and field trips, to name a few.
“I do not blame the universities and mine in particular is trying very hard to adapt and continue our education but it can’t be disputed that online learning along with long industrial action, does not warrant £9,250 that we will have to pay back.”
A spokesman for Universities UK, the vice-Chancellor membership group, said that missed teaching can be “unsettling” but added that students are not missing out since classes are shifting to online.
“As such, current student loans company guidance remains in place if students have active and ongoing engagement with their learning opportunities,” they said.
"We appreciate these solutions are not perfect for students but in this is an unprecedented situation. Students who are not satisfied with the support they are getting should make this known to their university in the first instance.”