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Students keen to get back to university campuses survey finds

24 June 2020  
Posted by: Faye Sully
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Research by Unite Students, and carried out by Opinium, polled 500 students and 500 parents from the UK for their thoughts on COVID-19, student safety and returning to university, ahead of the start of the next academic year.

• Almost nine in ten (89%) students are keen to get on campus once it is safe to do so
• 79% of students say living away from home and being on campus is as important a part of their university experience as lectures and tutorials
• But students are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their time at university - 91% are worried about disruption to studies, while 79% are concerned about the impact on socialising
• 94% of current students have been asked to do remote learning, but only 14% prefer this way of studying
• However, there’s a huge amount of trust in universities: 86% of students place their trust in universities to provide necessary safety measures to keep them safe

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has found that almost nine in 10 students (89%) are keen to return to university campuses as soon as it is safe to do so, but remain concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their studies and social lives - and their parents agree.

New research confirms that university is about more than just studying and that getting back on campus is key to that: 79% of students say that living away from home and being on campus is as important a part of the university experience as lectures and tutorials.

However, students are, of course, concerned about the impact of COVID-19. More than nine in ten (91%) are worried about the disruption to their university course and studies – this is their biggest concern – followed by concerns about the disruption to the social side of the university experience (79%) as well as the longer-term impact on employment opportunities (76%).

The importance of the whole university experience is also reflected in the lack of popularity for remote learning: since the outbreak of COVID-19, 94% of current students have been asked to do remote learning but for most this is not a viable long-term option. Only 14% prefer this way of studying compared to traditional methods – with 45% saying they like it a lot less.

Find out more about the survey here


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