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Universities must end remote learning

The Government is calling on universities to be upfront about the amount of online learning students will receive.

Despite the lifting of Covid restrictions, several universities are still delivering at least some of their content online - and some second year students have never stepped inside a lecture hall, as reported by The Times.

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi said that there is no excuse for universities to continue to deliver lectures and seminars online, and all online learning should be scrapped.

At the University of Gloucestershire, online learning is only used to support face-to-face learning.

A University of Gloucestershire spokesperson said: "On average, more than 90 per cent of our learning activities have been delivered in person and on campus since September 2021.

"The small amount of online teaching that is being provided is designed to enhance our students' learning opportunities, not replace in-person activities, through easy access to some of the tools we've developed over the last 18 months.

"We believe students learn better and enjoy their university experience more when they can be together with their peers and tutors.

"We're confident that providing most of our timetable in the form of in-person, on-campus teaching and learning activities, combined with some limited online activities that make good use of the technology we've developed, enables us to provide our students with the best experience we can."

Nadhim Zahawi said that universities must tell prospective students how much face-to-face teaching they will receive before they commit themselves to paying for a course and accommodation.

He would encourage students unhappy with online learning to complain to universities and said he would contact universities himself if he heard that students were not satisfied with online learning.

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