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The higher education sector is no exception, and many universities have reduced their services, moved towards remote learning or even closed completely.
While the UK government didn’t officially sanction university closures, it’s clear that they were best for the student population and society as a whole, because they have helped the UK to reduce its Coronvirus cases and fatalities.
Looking ahead, the university landscape seems set to change significantly to accommodate students who need to be protected from the virus until a vaccine is found.
Here’s how universities are adapting, and the changes students can expect over the coming months and years.
Many universities have already announced that they will be delivering their lectures and seminars online to combat the spread of the virus. This approach looks set to begin as soon as possible, and continue throughout the remainder of 2020 and further into the future. The aim is to keep students safe and still provide them with the teaching experience they need to earn a degree that will propel them into the career they’ve always wanted.
The changing education market and move towards online learning may put too much of a strain on some universities. It is estimated that only 20 UK universities are currently in a good position to offer online learning, meaning many others face a costly bill to pivot their learning models and update their systems. As such, they might eventually go bankrupt, putting their students’ futures in jeopardy. Students should stay calm and wait to find out what’s happening, then adapt to the situation as much as possible.
Ultimately, every university will be different, so it’s crucial that you contact your university and watch out for updates to stay informed.