For young people who were in university at the height of the COVID pandemic, the university experience was suddenly radically different to what they had expected.

Teaching moved quickly online, with students forced to adjust to using digital tools to complete their learning at home. Those looking forward to life on campus instead saw social and extra-curricular activities curtailed. Meanwhile, opportunities for internships and placements were often lost.

It became and continues to be important to understand the implications of these changes on university students. In my research during the pandemic, I’ve explored the effects of this shift to virtual learning on the student experience.

Here are three key insights from my research, in which I surveyed 349 university students from across the UK.

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Khan, M. 2022, 'In 2020, universities shifted to online learning – three lessons from students’ experiences', The Conversation, 17 November. Available at: https://uws.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/cfff2833-096a-4456-aced-c45d8f9f638a

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