‘Frustrated’, ‘fragile’ and ‘numb’. These are the words that now define what it feels like to be a university student during a once-in-a-generation crisis.
It may be uncertain and difficult times, but the latest email from the University of Leicester to students simply wasn’t enough, and I for one am tired of emails promising more and not delivering.
A look into a first year’s experience of semester one and what led them to the decision to leave halls.
Since October, students at the University of Leicester have been trying to come to terms with the demands of speaking online as they adapt to digital learning.
From December 3-9, students can go home for Christmas in the ‘student travel window’, but are advised to take a test to reduce the risk of passing Coronavirus on to their loved ones, the Government has announced.
In Leicester, where higher COVID-19 restrictions have not been lifted for more than 150 days, I discuss my experiences of living and studying in the city.
“The system isn’t built for families like mine to succeed” – Marcus Rashford, MBE In 2019 alone, 1.9 million school children claimed free school meals in England, accounting for 15% of state school pupils in the country. The scheme is accessible for students in nursery through to sixth form/college and is allocated depending on the Household’s yearly income. It is available for those in England, Scotland and Wales with a household income of less than £7,400, and in Northern Ireland, is accessible for those with a household income of less than £14,000. Since national lockdown began in March, free school meals have cost the Government £129 million, as they funded the scheme in half term and over the Easter holidays. The issue of funding arose in the lead up to the summer holidays this year. The Government rejected the possibility of continuing the scheme throughout the holiday, which caused a national outcry. The possibility of being able to provide food for children in the midst of a global pandemic for some was a task they …
The University of Leicester has reported an average of 12 new cases a day over the last week, which is relatively small compared to other universities.