The student experience in 2020 is completely different to what anyone could have imagined when they headed to university last September. Students are working remotely, without access to studio space or labs, lectures are via zoom, part-time jobs in hospitality have all but disappeared and although restrictions are being lifted slowly, the new term will be far from a return to normal.
We know students are feeling isolated and worried, so we’ve joined forces with TOTUM and Endsleigh to help you find your feet with resources and guidance from organisations who know how to help!
The student experience
Earlier this year we contacted students to find out about their experiences during lockdown. We found that over 75% of students were worried about the effect of coronavirus on their final qualification, and while 78% of students were receiving some form of online learning, only 65% of those students felt the online learning was good quality.
Outside of study, 80% of students told us they were worried about how they would copy financially due to coronavirus. 87% of students with a job that provides additional income have experienced a reduction in pay (either through furlough, redundancy or reduced hours) and 55% of students are supported in their studies by another person who has taken a pay cut due to coronavirus.
Throughout our research, students told us time and time again that coronavirus was having a negative impact on their study, their social lives, their finances and beyond.
Here to help
We hear your worries and we want to help. Over the next few months, we’ll be showcasing videos, blogs and resources to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing, finances and study during the coronavirus crisis.
We’ve kicked things off by speaking to you about how coronavirus is affecting your mental health and wellbeing.
If you are struggling, find out how to look after your mental health while staying at home with advice from Student Minds.
Although you may be isolated, you are not alone. NUS, TOTUM and Endsleigh will be working through the summer and into next term to guide you towards help and resources. Your students’ union is with you every step of the way, and you can contact them for advice and support at any time.