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Challenges Faced by UK University Students Due to the Coronavirus Crisis in the Higher Education

Version 1 : Received: 4 February 2021 / Approved: 8 February 2021 / Online: 8 February 2021 (11:36:40 CET)

How to cite: Kulkarni, S.S.; Chima, P. Challenges Faced by UK University Students Due to the Coronavirus Crisis in the Higher Education. Preprints 2021, 2021020192 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0192.v1). Kulkarni, S.S.; Chima, P. Challenges Faced by UK University Students Due to the Coronavirus Crisis in the Higher Education. Preprints 2021, 2021020192 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0192.v1).

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the worst catastrophes that we have faced globally in recent years. It has not only taken its toll on the economic sector but also on the education sector. The social distancing norms that are in place as a direct response to the pandemic have turned conventional classroom teaching into a problematic minefield; as such, students all over the world have been forced into unprecedented situations that have served only to worsen the situation. The current pandemic has given rise to one of the worst crises the 21st Century has ever seen, resulting in a surge of unemployment. Many companies have taken the route of firing employees or making redundancies, as they cannot afford the monthly reimbursement for staff. While this issue primarily concerns full-time workers, it also carries significant consequences for students – a considerable number of students are required to earn their daily living costs, and, without a job, they cannot pay their educational fees, accommodation costs, or living expenses. This comprehensive study briefly discusses the multitude of problems faced by students in the UK regarding higher education, as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. It contains six individual sections: a detailed introduction; the methodological procedures employed; educational disruptions, covering issues from hindrances in field research to examinations and student evaluations; personal problems experienced by students, such as accommodation and loss of income; concerns arising from the global pandemic; and finally, a conclusion and summary of the study’s findings.

Keywords

UK higher education; student; COVID-19; pandemic; academic performance; student evaluations; online learning; loss of income; educational disruptions

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