The impact COVID-19 has had upon undergraduate students’ learning

22nd January 2021

Given the unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves, at the end of last semester, led by two members of the BASES Education and Teaching Special Interest Group Steering Group, Dr Matthew Timmis and Sam Hurley, BASES surveyed undergraduate students about the impact COVID-19 has had upon their learning. Within this survey, we asked students “From the experiences you have gained in this semester of teaching, what advice would you give a student who was about to start studying for the first time in January?”.

We know undergraduates are not studying for the first time this January, but instead are returning to study. However, as students settle into their next semester, we wanted to share these responses, as they may help individuals better prepare for study.

Appreciating everyone is busy, the Group has summarised these responses into a quick to read infographic which we hope will be helpful. Work is also ongoing to finalise the entire survey data into a written report.

Thanks to all the students who responded to the survey and to their useful advice. Good luck for the rest of the academic year.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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