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The Transition to Online Classes: A New Struggle or a Desirable...

This past March, we were all hit by surprise with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. People worldwide were forced to take a step back and create a new way of living. As businesses and schools started to close, people began to work and take classes online digitally. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging…

Law conversion course applications jump by nearly a quarter since pandemic

Harrison Shaylor, 23, had planned to do the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for a while, but lockdown made the decision for him. “I had been keeping my options open and looking at internships and jobs, and they all got cancelled, so I ended up going ahead with it this year,” he says. “I’m definitely…

Covid-19 drives 50% of students in UK to become ‘more political’

More than half of university students (52%) have become more politicised as a result of the pandemic, a survey suggests, as grassroot rent strike groups continue to gain support from undergraduates over the festive period.The poll, conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS), also found that almost two-thirds (63%) of the 4,193 respondents did…

Bring mass Covid testing to schools across England, teachers urge

Mass Covid-19 testing should be implemented in schools across England, teachers’ leaders have said, amid fury in the north at the speed at which testing has been rolled out in new hotspots in London and the south-east. Testing should also be extended to primaries, according to the largest education union, which along with others is…

Students voice concerns over accuracy of Covid rapid tests in UK

Students and staff have expressed concern over the accuracy and availability of the rapid tests which have been rolled out in UK universities ahead of the Christmas holidays and will be deployed again in January at the start of the new year, after experts warned they were not fit for use in the scheme.Dozens of…

‘I was just so lonely’: students on mental health impact of...

The Guardian spoke to four university students about the impact the pandemic has had on their mental health.‘I was just so lonely’Bella Brown, 20, a first year history of art student at UCL, has struggled with mental health problems including anxiety and depression for many years, but said the pandemic had exacerbated these.“When I moved…

More than half of students polled report mental health slump

The devastating impact of Covid-19 on students’ mental health in England has been laid bare by two polls in which more than half of those surveyed said they felt their mental health had deteriorated since the start of term, though only a fifth had sought support. Students have said they feel lonely, depressed, sad and…

Students in the UK: share your experiences of coronavirus rapid testing

Some experts have called for an end to the use of rapid tests in universities, where they have been rolled out to test students before they return home for Christmas. In many universities, two tests are conducted five days apart, and students are allowed to go home when both are negative. We’d like to hear…

‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent...

Student activists are preparing for the biggest wave of university rent strikes in four decades amid growing frustration at heavy-handed hall lockdowns, the prospect of paying for empty rooms and little face-to-face teaching when they eventually return in the new year.There are at least 20 rent strikes currently under way or being organised on campuses,…

‘This term’s been rough emotionally’: the students heading home for Christmas

It’s been a long, often lonely term for Helen Ross, who has spent most of it locked down in her cramped student flat in Glasgow with just one friend, studying law in her bedroom. She’s excited to see her mum again for Christmas, but anxious about going back to Ullapool, her remote home town of…

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