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Students keen to get back to university campuses, survey finds

Research by Unite Students, and carried out by Opinium, polled 500 students and 500 parents from the UK for their thoughts on COVID-19, student safety and returning to university, ahead of the start of the next academic year.

Almost nine in ten (89%) students are keen to get on campus once it is safe to do so and 79% of students say living away from home and being on campus is as important a part of their university experience as lectures and tutorials. But students are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their time at university - 91% are worried about disruption to studies, while 79% are concerned about the impact on socialising.

Also, while 94% of current students have been asked to do remote learning, only 14% prefer this way of studying. However, there’s a huge amount of trust in universities: 86% of students place their trust in universities to provide the necessary measures to keep them safe.

Commenting on the survey results, Richard Smith, chief executive at Unite Students, said: “A university education has the power to positively transform lives. The results from this survey confirm that the social skills and independence that university provides are hugely valued by students.”

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