Challenges within the education industry have happened significantly over the last few years, from sudden movements within the economy to coming out of the pandemic causing these drastic changes. The education sector must adapt to these new alterations in order to maintain success. 

Moving into the digital age 

As technology progresses, the demand for incorporating it into education continues. Technology is now able to enhance learning experiences, with AI and virtual reality slowly making its way into classrooms, giving students an even better learning experience. These new technological additions and developments bring more challenges of cyber security that education institutions will have to take into consideration. 

Student support and well-being 

With the priority of employee well-being and mental health becoming a primary focus within businesses, it is now a focal point for the education sector, which is honing in on student well-being. Up to 70% of students struggle with their mental health in University, which some are calling an ‘education emergency’ as it is now affecting how students perform in the classroom. In 2023, mental health needs to be at the top of the list for lecturers and teachers as they play a role in ensuring that students make healthy lifestyle choices, this is needed more than ever especially with students now completing remote studying since the pandemic. 

Sadly, there has actually been a decline in completion rates for higher education, with students being poorly affected by their mental health, as well as students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2023, education institutions must create strategies around offering more support for underrepresented students. Not only does this decline in completion affect students, but it also affects institutions’ reputations. 


Amongst the other industries that have to change their set ways to become more sustainable, cutting down on expenses and reducing the number of emissions produced, the education sector also needs to get involved in making climate friendly choices. Sustainability can become a challenge as a lot of habits have to be changed. Education institutions must look at mapping new strategies for a sustainable future. Becoming more sustainable in 2023 doesn’t just mean increasing the number of recycling bins, it means teachers having adequate climate change training to then educate students on the importance of living an eco-friendly life. 

Teacher Shortage 

Underfunded schools are having to downsize staff, and the challenges that come from this are other teachers having to take on multiple roles and jobs which is causing burnout and stress. With teachers and lecturers striking for higher pay, this is causing multiple issues across the UK for schools with some having to close to allow these strikes, negatively impacting student learning time. 

Blended learning 

Looking back to digital transformation, hybrid learning is a new way for students to learn, with a third of universities still using a mix of in-person classes and online, according to the BBC. Since this has become the new normal, it’s essential that higher education institutions implement technology that will support this, such as video calling software and communication channels.  


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