Wait, what just happened?
As the world changed before our eyes, the education system saw a vast change in its systems. Distanced classrooms. Staggered schedules. Zoom classes. Third Year Nurses were being put into the hospitals to help with the pandemic. Schools and universities did what they could to stand up during a trying time for all industries. Universities know that they can make a change in people’s lives, and so do we.
But, the challenges faced by universities didn’t start with COVID-19. They have been building for a number of years with a demand for more flexible learning, greater accessibility and better funding. And as the government focused on other issues sadly, none of the problems were addressed. As COVID-19 hit, the situation worsened.
Schools were closed and moved online. Universities were shutting their halls and asking students to return home. The whole of the UK went into lockdown, but schools and universities kept running throughout. And so, results day came around. With a lot of whispers and discussions around how grades would be calculated, it was a nerve-wracking time for students – even more so than previous years. No exams meant calculated grades were used and averaged out. It was a trying time, not just for the students but for the schools too. The disappointment of the initially awarded grades was felt across the country, and the work universities have done to create social mobility was set back. The previous policy noises made by the government during and before this pandemic that criticised the value of our Higher Education sector happened at the same time as we needed these institutions to provide more learning opportunities and protect a generation from increased unemployment.
And yet, our universities are the best place for our younger generations to learn, adapt and prepare for the world. Our universities can provide different types of education whether that’s with an academic focus or a more technical one. The challenge is to do that in partnership with further education colleges, government and employers and in a way that creates opportunities for all.
As an agency, we work with some amazing organisations that help students. We work with Russell Group, UniAlliance, MillionPlus, specialist and private universities. Every single one has a major part to play in the recovery of the UK and helping to support our local and national economies. Perhaps now the government will realise these institutions need proper funding and a more supportive policy. If they don’t, universities may be forced to close their doors.
We believe in helping universities change for the better in any way we can. Contact us to see how we can help you.