Students are working on computers. Image source: RTE News

Students at UK universities have launched a petition for tuition fees to be refunded or reduced, due to the suspension of campus classes and limited resources amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

Boots Library at Nottingham Trent University is closed from Tuesday, 24 March.

The statement says many UK and international students feel they are not getting access to the physical resources that their tuition fees are paying for under current government’s restriction measures.

There are concerns over further disruption regarding students’ mental health as a result of self-isolation and social distancing.

It also says, “the level of teaching they are currently receiving and expect to receive in the next few months will not be the same standard as before closures or COVID-19.”

The petition demands with regards to fees from March 2020 onwards, that “undergraduates whose tuition fees are paid directly by Student Finance England either receive a partial reduction in the next instalment due or a refund if tuition fees have already been paid.”

“Postgraduate and all other students such as international students who pay their tuition directly to the university receive a reduction in their next instalment amount or a partial refund if they have already paid.”

“She has not had £9,250 worth of tuition,”
A parent of a first year student of Lancaster University

A student who signed the petition said, “It’s just not right paying so much money and going through it. Not only are we paying for tuition, but we still have to pay for rent even though we have gone back home.”

“If the UK government had taken actions ahead, it wouldn’t have come to this point. Clearly they have to be responsible for our loss.”

A parent whose daughter is a first-year student of Lancaster University said, “…in her first year, teachers of the university have been on strike twice and no lessons because of COVID-19. All fees should be wiped (as) she has not had £9,250 worth of tuition.”

The petition was launched on Sunday and has received nearly 200 signatures as of Tuesday, 24 March.