[LONDON, UK, SEPTEMBER 2020]
Students are significantly more concerned about technology than they were in 2019, according to new research conducted by student insurance provider, Endsleigh. A survey of 414 university applicants found that 39% regularly or occasionally worry about experiencing technological issues, compared to just 22% last year.
With the coronavirus pandemic leading to online teaching and student accommodations being put into strict lockdowns, technology has become crucial for students to learn, socialise and manage day-to-day tasks such as shopping. 70% of applicants expressed concern about the impact of coronavirus on their academic experience, with 73% worrying about ‘staying on top of the academic work’ and a sharp rise in concern around building/maintaining academic relationships with tutors compared to 2019.
Respondents to the survey commented:
“I’m worried that I won’t get the real uni experience because of coronavirus.”
“I’m worried about not being able to have the full experience due to COVID-19 e.g. freshers’ week, online lectures and not being able to go out in the evening.”
Academic success remains the biggest cause of concern for applicants, with 85% worrying about this in 2020. Social interactions are the second biggest worry for applicants this year (84%), with a 5% rise in the number of respondents concerned about socialising since last year (79%). The social side of university is the main concern for applicants around the impact of the pandemic, with 73% expressing concern about being able to meet new people and make new friends.
Other aspects which saw an increase in concern this year include physical health (72% vs 62%), mental wellbeing (72% vs 67%) and personal safety (55% vs 44%). Despite facing new challenges as a result of the pandemic though, many students remain positive about their university experience, with a third feeling optimistic and a quarter feeling excited.
If you would like further information, please contact:
Adam Molloy, B2C Campaign Planner for Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited
Tel: +44 (0)1242 866 105
Mob: +44 (0)7841 781 902
About Endsleigh Insurance Services
A leading insurance broker for the education sector, Endsleigh Insurance Services provide expert and affordable cover for students, alumni and education professionals across the UK.
Established in 1965 by NUS to champion affordable insurance for students, when others wouldn’t. They use their expertise and dedication to provide value for money for their customers and have extended their products and services to professionals as well as commercial and business customers, aligning their solutions to core markets of education, property, travel and not-for-profit. Find out more at www.endsleigh.co.uk/about-us/