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University staff angry that Covid teaching advice was ‘ignored’

University staff are moving towards confronting their leaders after the revelation that the government’s scientific advisers called for teaching to move online at the start of the academic year last month. University and College Union members at the University of Sheffield are the latest to call an emergency meeting after lodging a formal grievance, joining…

‘Like baby food’: UK students’ lockdown complaints grow

Students in lockdown across Britain have complained about the cost and quality of the food provided by their universities, with some charged hundreds of pounds for meal packages including baked beans and instant noodles. With outbreaks recorded at more than 90 UK universities, some involving hundreds of people, the support provided by the institutions is…

UK students sent home as universities crack down on Covid breaches

Students at the University of Exeter have been banished from campus and sent home, as vice-chancellors across the country crack down on breaches of Covid regulations which are being blamed for fuelling infection rates. Exeter confirmed it had suspended “a small number” of students for breaking the university’s Covid rules amid a surge in infections.…

Covid: three universities halt face-to-face teaching as UK strategy unravels

Efforts to reopen universities in the midst of the pandemic appeared to be unravelling tonight, as three of the country’s largest universities called a halt to face-to-face teaching. More than 80 universities in the UK have reported at least 5,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among students and staff, including more than 1,000 at the University…

Manchester students organising ‘Covid Positive’ parties

Dress codes are nothing new to students going out in Manchester – no trainers, no football shirts and, increasingly, no man bags. But one student party this weekend had a special entry requirement: Covid. According to one fresher at the University of Manchester, the “Covid Positive” party in the university’s Fallowfield campus halls of residence…

Isolating students offered food, toiletries but no financial support by UK...

Students in lockdown must have access to food and basic toiletries, university leaders have said, as the government made deliveries of just one litre of hand sanitiser to campuses in England. Universities UK (UUK), which represents 139 higher education institutions, published a “checklist” of measures for universities supporting students who were self-isolating after Covid-19 exposure,…

Confining students in halls is a mental health crisis in the...

“It feels as though we’re paying to be in prison.” So says my 18-year-old daughter, on the phone from her room in university halls. I deposited her there a week ago; the days since have been a distressing spiral. As with many other students, nothing has been organised for the young people arriving at her…

Gavin Williamson draws teachers’ ire with impartiality warning

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has stressed the need for teachers to be politically neutral in the classroom, following the publication of controversial new guidance warning schools not to use resources produced by organisations with “extreme political stances”. Interviewed by his old politics teacher at the virtual Conservative party conference on Monday, Williamson said comparatively…

I saw up close the trials of university life in a...

The trouble with universities is they are both places of teaching, learning and research – and enormous hotels. In the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, they are like stationary cruise ships embedded in nearly all our major cities with tens of thousands of socially active students on board. It was inevitable that the arrival of…

Life as a fresher this year is a cross between Nineteen...

It’s less than a fortnight into my first term of university and it seems like I have received more emails informing me of coronavirus restrictions than I have about my actual course. I am an undergraduate at the University of Manchester and, like so many others across the country, my introduction to student life has…

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