The impact of Covid-19 on postgraduate students in the UK

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsConference Presentation


We have lived through unprecedented times, with Covid-19 having had a profound global impact on lives and organisations, including higher education. The COVID-19 Pandemic impacted all operational aspects of higher education worldwide. Universities worldwide had to act proactively to mitigate learning losses through deploying remote learning (Marinoni et al., 2020). The Pandemic transformed the way teaching took place, further accelerated the transformation to online learning and teaching, and boosted the need for active blended learning. In addition, to the move to remote learning, academics and management staff had to take a range of active emergency decisions to allow additional flexibility. They also had to ensure that underrepresented, vulnerable and disadvantaged learners were not left behind. These decisions impacted higher education students, and the literature has reported impacts in recent publications (Carr, et al., 2022; Chen, & Lucock, 2022; Mulrooney & Kelly, 2020). This project aims to identify factors impacting UON MBA students' performance at the time of crisis and explore the challenges faced UON MBA students' from ethnic minority backgrounds during COVID-19. The proposed presentation for this conference will involve a presentation of the research findings from a systematic review of the literature on the factors that impact students. The systematic review will examine a range of factors (personal, financial, academic, political) that have impacted students' progress during the Covid. The outcomes of the proposed project are envisaged to potentially lead to the adoption of suitable and inclusive policies and practices in relation to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Marinoni, G., Van't Land, H., & Jensen, T. (2020). The impact of Covid-19 on higher education around the world. IAU global survey report, 23.

Mulrooney, H. M., & Kelly, A. F. (2020). Covid 19 and the move to online teaching: impact on perceptions of belonging in staff and students in a UK widening participation university. Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching, 3(2).

Chen, T., & Lucock, M. (2022). The mental health of university students during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An online survey in the UK. Plos one, 17(1), e0262562.

Carr, E., Davis, K., Bergin-Cartwright, G., Lavelle, G., Leightley, D., Oetzmann, C., ... & Hotopf, M. (2022). Mental health among UK university staff and postgraduate students in the early stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 79(4), 259-267.
Period23 Jun 2022
Event titleLearning and Teaching Conference 2022
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational