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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…

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…

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…

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…

Britain’s universities have been abandoned to fight Covid-19 alone | Glen...

Universities usually welcome everyone to the new academic year with a big smile, amid genuinely upbeat talk of “challenges” and “opportunities”. It’s still like that this year, but the smile has something of a manic rictus to it, and the talk is based on every single finger and toe being crossed by every single vice…

Third of students unable to access online learning during lockdown – survey

One in three university students were unable to access online learning during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research which suggests that disabled students and those from poorer backgrounds were worst affected. The survey, which was carried out in July by the National Union of Students (NUS), found that disruptions to studies arose from a…

One in four students unable to access online learning during lockdown...

Over a quarter (27%) of university students were unable to access online learning during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research which suggests that disabled students and those from poorer backgrounds were worst affected. The survey, which was carried out in July by the National Union of Students (NUS), found that disruptions to studies arose…

‘I like to get a bit sweaty’: work out a fitness...

Fitness-wise, when Emily Solman first arrived at Essex University, she wasn’t up to much. She’d been a gym regular at school, but, as with everything during those first months, hitting the gym at uni felt intimidating. So she started running. It was free, it was flexible, it kept her moving, it made her happy. Which,…

‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help’: taking care of your...

It can be easy to feel disconnected when you’re away at uni, and this year, a term spent studying partly online could exacerbate these feelings for some students. But there are ways to help you cope. Muhammad Abby, 25, from Manchester, is going into his second year as a journalism student at UA92, a partnership…

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