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Sensemaker Live – Uni in isolation: grin and bear it, or your money back?


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Tens of thousands of students are paying more than £9,000 a year for university tuition that so far is online if it’s happening at all. Having been urged to take up their places they are also at far greater risk than the general public of catching Covid. Covid is not their fault. Debts are no laughing matter. Don’t they deserve a refund?

Editor: Giles Whittell, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

Our invited experts include:

David Kernohan is an Associate Editor of Wonkhe. He has also worked for the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). He’s an expert in teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.

Josh Sandiford is a Tortoise Student Ambassador, a third year politics student at The University of Manchester and the Deputy Editor of the student newspaper The Mancunion.

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Tens of thousands of students are paying more than £9,000 a year for university tuition that so far is online if it’s happening at all. Having been urged to take up their places they are also at far greater risk than the general public of catching Covid. Covid is not their fault. Debts are no laughing matter. Don’t they deserve a refund?


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Editor and Invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

David Kernohan
Associate Editor of Wonkhe. He has also worked for the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). He’s an expert in teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.