3. FOR DISCUSSION: COVID-19 and Tuition Fees
There have been two agenda submissions which propose that:
-Students have not received equal quality or quantity of teaching.
-The current standard of blended learning is not acceptable.
-There has been limited access to services such as the library.
-Comparing this cohort's performance with previous years' not fair.
These statements can be condensed as:
-The pedagogical approach to ‘iterative’ education is not fulfilled when too many factors change at once, and the proposition is that the pandemic has been such an intervening act that the learning experience must be recognised as being so significantly different that previous marking, grading and mitigation procedures are not fit for purpose.
The additional proposal is made that:
-The profitability of the Universities is not the responsibility of students.
And the request is made that:
-the Guild should lobby the University/Government/Student Finance.
What is Council being asked to do?
-To discuss the above issues and for officers to share their opinions and updates on this topic.
-Full-time officers may take on the views of Council in their meetings with the University.
-College Officers may raise education quality issues with their colleges and subject chairs.
-It is not the role of Council to advocate for individual fee refunds.