How do I change British university's mind? I don't want to argue or get into a debate. For privacy, I prefer not to disclose more details. The course isn't science or medicine, so there are not many reasons to study this on campus. I started remote study in Oct. 2021.
Their refusal unnerves me because the university's Health Centre is overwhelmed. It takes months to book one appointment. I heard from friends they can see you just at most twice each term. I prefer my psychiatrist who knows me well. My parents want me to stay at home, so they can take care of me.
Other reasons for remote study
I didn't mention these yet because they feel less persuasive.
COVID is rebounding in Britain. Londoners ignore mask rules. “Face coverings must be worn for the full duration of journeys on the TfL network, including inside our stations and bus stations,”. This anti-mask makes me so anxious! But is this baleful enough to convince my university?
I want to save money by studying from home, rather than rent expensive accommodation. I'm on low income.
This is the reply I have received from the university:
We are responding to your request for remote study for 2022. As stated in our email to all students, the faculty prefers students to study on campus starting from January 2022, except those with exceptional circumstances that prevent them from returning.
Thank you for providing your psychiatrist's letter to explain your relevant circumstances, namely your Major Depressive Disorder for which you are taking antidepressants. We are deeply sympathetic to your depression. We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health, particularly for anyone with psychiatric illnesses.
Nonetheless we are unable to accept your request. The university has a Health Centre with psychiatrists who are very experienced in and has regularly dealt with psychiatric illnesses. We have confirmed with the Health Centre that they are happy to schedule you for regular consultations upon your return. They also confirmed that the NHS covers your antidepressants for a very nominal fee. Therefore there is no sufficient basis that your Major Depressive Disorder prevents you from returning to campus.