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Impact of COVID-19 on education and children's services examined

15 May 2020

As part of the ongoing inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on education and children's services, the Committee hears from leaders in higher education on the challenges facing the sector and how higher education in England may change as a result of the crisis.


Monday 18 May - remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 930am

  • Zamzam Ibrahim, National President, National Union of Students
  • Professor Debra Humphris, Chair, University Alliance
  • Dr Jo Grady, General Secretary, University and College Union

At 1030am

  • Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Office for Students
  • Sir Michael Barber, Chair, Office for Students

Purpose of the session

The higher education sector is facing significant upheaval from the COVID-19 outbreak. This session is expected to cover the implications of the shift towards online and remote tuition and assessment, the impact of the crisis on the welfare of students and staff, and the ways in which this crisis particularly affects disadvantaged students.

The session will consider how higher education providers are adapting their ways of working, and the long-term consequences of these changes.
The Committee will also hear from the Office for Students about its reaction to the crisis, and how it is supporting the sector during this difficult time.

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