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Tackling drunken students by night, teaching by day: PhD students say...

Eleanor McDonald (not her real name) signed up to be a live-in warden in a student hall at St Andrews University because her PhD funding did not cover her rent and food. Meals and accommodation came with the job, but now so do abuse from drunken, unmasked students being told not to party, confrontations in…

First-year EU students face £800 Brexit bill if not in UK...

First-year EU students who enrolled in UK universities this autumn but have been unable to move to the country due to the pandemic face an £800 Brexit bill shock if they don’t set foot on British soil before 31 December, campaigners have warned.The Home Office said they will not qualify for EU pre-settled status if…

Fears of ‘isolation fatigue’ if students quarantine before and after Christmas

Students are at risk of “self-isolation fatigue” after Christmas as they face spending time quarantining both before and after their break, a university vice-chancellor has said. The warning came as universities that have applied for rapid-testing kits to mass-test students - as part of a government plan to allow a six-day “travel window” for students…

Ucas warns of ‘devolution divide’ from university admissions overhaul

A far-reaching overhaul of the university admissions system, which would mean places being offered on the basis of grades rather than predictions, could open up a “devolution divide” without an agreement with the devolved nations, Ucas has said. Pressure has been growing for a shift from the current system under which sixth formers in England…

England campus lockdowns creating ‘perfect storm’ for stressed students

Strict campus lockdowns and a worsening mental health crisis are creating a “perfect storm”, student leaders have warned, after tensions boiled over in Manchester where fencing erected around accommodation was pulled down. Students at other campuses are organising rent strikes and complaining of a lack of mental health support against the backdrop of England’s new…

An inevitable crisis: how Covid-19 hit universities – podcast

When the coronavirus outbreak first struck Britain in March, universities scrambled to respond. They moved lectures online, sent students home and cancelled exams. But now at the start of a new academic year and despite a summer to plan, there are chaotic scenes springing up on campuses around the country. The Guardian’s Scotland correspondent Libby…

‘Where is the money going?’: students demand tuition fee refunds

University students have told of the mental health impact of the coronavirus restrictions on campuses and demanded to be refunded part of their tuition fees. Young people from across the UK have moved into halls and student houses after months at home, but rising coronavirus cases have led to face-to-face teaching being halted in some…

Follow Covid rules so students can go home for Christmas, says...

University students should be able to return home to their families at Christmas if the country “pulls together” and observes the new coronavirus rules, a cabinet minister has said. The government is under pressure to guarantee young people are not confined to their halls of residence over the festive period because of Covid-19 outbreaks on…

UK coronavirus: restrictions tighten across country as record new cases reported...

Lucy Mair, 49, from Manchester, is everything but impressed with the way her daughter’s university has handled the coronavirus outbreak on campus. Her daughter is a first year at Glasgow University, having arrived 12 days ago and living in Murano, the largest student village and epicentre of the current outbreak at the university. “Every single…

Halt in-person university teaching until test and trace fixed, union urges

Face-to-face teaching at universities should be halted until the government fixes test-and-trace failures and curbs the spread of Covid-19, the union representing academics and staff has said. The warning from Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), comes as institutions increasingly take matters into their own hands by switching to majority…

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