• 51% worry that the quality of education will suffer as universities learn how to best teach remotely
  • Students are anxious (38%) and nervous (37%) about starting university in  September
  • 64% of students would like a mix of remote learning and face-to-face teaching

As thousands of school leavers receive their A-level results today (Thursday 13th August) – which will be based upon teachers’ predictions due to the coronavirus pandemic – 92% feel that their results will be viewed less meaningfully this year, according to new research by Arden University.

Around 42% of current university students and those about to start in September worry they will be labelled a ‘Covid casualty’, as their education will be hindered by the pandemic, and 34% think their degree will be viewed less worthy compared to those pre-Covid.

When prospective university students were asked how they feel about starting their studies in September, the number one feeling was uncertainty (44%) followed by anxiety (38%) and nervousness (37%). 39% of those surveyed also don’t feel their university is set up to teach students on their return to the same level expected 12 months ago.

Lockdown has certainly influenced what students will be expecting when they return to, or start their studies in September, with 66% feeling the past few months has prepared them for more online learning. While those in work have grown accustomed to working from home, 64% of students would like to see a mix of remote learning and face-to-face teaching when they return after the summer holidays.

43% of students believe an increase in remote working will allow those who suffer from social anxiety and other mental health issues feel more comfortable, while 38% believe it will offer greater flexibility and 29% think it will also prepare them for working from home in their future career.

Although 51% of prospective and current students are worried that the quality of education they will receive will suffer as universities are still learning how to best teach remotely, more than two thirds (69%) would like to receive more advice about online learning.