The National Union of Students have stated they think students should be able to retake the year or be reimbursed for their fees.
The union claims a survey of almost 10,000 student union members in the UK has shown that up to 81% are concerned by their graduate job prospects and 95% are worried about the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.
The union are also asking for a £60m student hardship fund to be implemented by the government.
The survey was taken by 9,872 students across the UK from all age ranges and learning experiences, and revealed that:
- 33% are at critical risk of being unable to access their education
- 74% are worried about the risk to their final qualifications
- 95% expressed fears about the impact of the virus on the wider economy
- 81% said they were concerned about their job prospects
- 71% worry about the impact the pandemic will have on their employability
- and up to 85% of working students may need additional financial support as incomes drop
The NUS has called for ‘every student, in every part of education, to re-do this year at no further cost, with full maintenance support – while ensuring those returning to education next year receive high-quality education, training and support.’