Students are hoping for discounts on postgraduate fees as compensation for time lost due to COVID-19, research by Student Hut has revealed.
More than half of undergraduate students said they would accept a ‘significant’ discount on future study or CPD to make up for interruptions to their learning this year, while one in three students who were not previously considering postgraduate study would now do so, but only if they were given compensation towards fees.
The research also found that 70% of students are concerned about whether they will be able to get a job after the COVID-19 crisis.
“It’s clear that the current situation is affecting students’ plans. Many are worried about whether they will be able to get a job after graduation, and so are considering postgraduate study instead, but only at the right price.”
“Universities who can respond to the changing situation and address students’ concerns around finances will be best placed to attract and recruit postgraduate students come September”, said Katherine Nicholls, Director of Research at Student Hut.
The findings have come from a project to track student opinion and attitudes during the COVID-19 crisis.
The project will provide weekly updates showing the change in student attitudes from the UK’s most engaged and diverse student panel, taken from an audience of one million users and over 150,000 subscribers.