Closed petition Require universities to refund for practical courses year 20/21 due to COVID-19

Many creative and practical courses such a Fashion Design rely on face to face teaching and access to workshops, and cannot be delivered effectively online like some other subjects. We pay £9,250 a year for a single hour per week on zoom. We deserve to be refunded.

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As a Fashion Design student I rely on not only using the campus workshop facilities and face to face teaching, but also the opportunity to travel and source materials for my coursework. The travel restrictions have severely limited choice for things such as fabrics, and cost us a fortune in online replacements. The lack of contact with tutors and access to resources has severely impacted everyone on my course, caused significant stress and affected our mental health.

Practical courses such as this cannot be delivered effectively online - this should be recognised by Government and they should require universities to refund us for this academic year.

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MPs question Government on lost teaching and rent for university students

On Thursday 15 April, MPs asked the Government about its recent announcement on when university students would be able to return to campus, and whether the Government would provide financial compensation to university students for lost teaching and rent during covid-19.

You can watch the question and the Government's response on Parliament TV:
https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/d068cda1-70f8-42c2-9aca-2ce1ed142610?in=10:32:42&out=11:12:59

You can read the question and the Government's response on the Hansard website:
https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-04-15/debates/4AA7E147-B9DA-4E7F-BE59-DD93DB98DAD4/UniversityStudentsCompensationForLostTeachingAndRent
 

Why was the question asked?

If an urgent or important matter arises which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to ask an urgent question.

Find out more about Urgent Questions here:
https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/urgent-questions/