Lancaster students petition for ‘significant safety net’ following third national lockdown
‘Being expected to produce the same standard of work, as if it were a normal year, during a pandemic is simply absurd’
Following PM Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday (4/1/21), which has resulted in the UK entering a third national lockdown, Lancaster students have created a petition demanding that since the vast majority of students will be unable to return to university for Lent Term a ‘significant safety net’ should be put in place.
The petition, posted by Noah Katz to the LUSU website, is comprised of two demands. Firstly, introducing a “blanket coursework extension” during weeks 11 and 12 as a bare minimum gesture. This would allow students to prioritise their mental health above their studies due to the pandemic’s changing circumstances.
We know the new national lockdown will be prompting lots of questions among our community. We’re currently working on new guidance which we’ll provide as soon as we’re able. We hope you’re OK and staying safe. Thank you for your patience
— Lancaster University (@LancasterUni) January 5, 2021
Secondly, the petition calls for “rapid consultation” with elected Academic Faculty Reps to discuss how assessment, teaching and exams would occur for the remainder of the year.
At the time of writing the petition has amassed almost 300 signatures in less than 24 hours, and support for this petition is growing rapidly.