NTU students respond to petition for tuition fee refund

An online petition has been launched by UK university students asking to be compensated due to a lack of face-to-face tuition amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This petition currently has over 160,000 and is constantly increasing.

All petitions have to get more than 100,000 signatures to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

However, all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures get a response from the Government.

NTU students responded to this initiative:

Second year Journalism student Adam Baker, 19, said: “I understand that everyone is in the same situation and universities are following government guidelines, but we aren’t getting the education that we’re paying thousands of pounds for.”

Whilst every student’s financial contribution is different, the majority of students agree that this action should be implemented.

Second year Psychology student Esme McCoy, 20, said: “I do agree that the rest should be returned to people and have signed the petition.”

The petition was created by Sophie Quinn, as she highlighted that the alternative teaching and learning material “is not worthy of up to £9,250”.

She said: “Furthermore, all assessments are being reconsidered to ‘make do’ and build up credits.

“Field trips have also been cancelled which our tuition fee was to pay for.

“There is also no need for accommodation which students have paid between £4,000-£8,000 for in advance and adding to their student debt.

“Grading is also being delayed. Overall, university quality is poor this year and certainly not worth up to £9,250.”

You can access the petition here.

By Olimpia Zagnat

Feature image credit: Pixabay

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