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Tuition Fee Petition Surpasses 200k Signatures

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A petition calling for UK university fees to be cut by two-thirds has received more than 200,000 signatures.

The petition is calling for the Government to reduce annual tuition fees from £9,250 to £3,000.

Those behind the appeal argued that the current fee is too high given the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the move to online teaching.

The petition has received a spike in interest since the Government announced that universities would need to move almost all teaching online as part of England's third national lockdown.

Currently, guidance for students returning to campuses is split into two groups. Those on more practical courses such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, education or social work will return for the spring term and will be tested twice or self-isolate for 10 days.

All other students are being told to remain where they are and will start term online, with distance learning in place until at least mid-February.

The Government has recognised the issues with regards to the cost of accommodation with students are unable to use their halls and has suggested it will investigate what arrangements universities are making to deal with concerns.