Universities Minister Michelle Donelan says e-learning should not be used as a cost saving measure

Universities minister warns e-learning should not be used by vice-chancellors as a cost-saving measure or “for convenience”

  • E-learning should not be used by vice-chancellors as a cost saving measure, the Universities Minister warned yesterday
  • Michelle Donelan said institutions need to become “more transparent” about returning to face-to-face learning
  • although there are no restrictions on face-to-face learning, many universities have chosen to keep some virtual conferences










Online learning should not be used by vice-chancellors as a cost saving measure or “for convenience,” the universities minister warned yesterday.

Michelle Donelan said institutions need to become “more transparent” about returning to face-to-face learning. She wrote to university leaders across the country, exposing an “expectation” that they would listen to student demands.

In-person teaching has been allowed on campus for all classes since May, after Covid lockdown measures mean some degrees have only been online for months.

But even though there are no longer restrictions on face-to-face learning, many universities have chosen to keep some virtual conferences. Thousands of students across the country have signed petitions protesting their lack of in-person education while paying a fee of £ 9,250 a year.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan (pictured) said: ‘During the uncertainty of Covid-19, face-to-face learning has rightly been put on hold. However, this temporary change in learning should not be used by universities as an opportunity for economy or convenience.

Writing for The Tab’s website, Miss Donelan said: “During the uncertainty of Covid-19, face-to-face learning has rightly been put on hold.

“However, this temporary change in learning should not be used by universities as an opportunity for savings or convenience.

“While virtual learning is a fantastic innovation, it should only be used to complement and enhance your learning experience, not to undermine it. “

And she struck during the three-day march to 58 universities by members of the Union of Universities and Colleges.

She added: “The students have had enough and any further disruption to their learning is totally unfair and totally unnecessary.”