Universities want to know when students can return to campus

University leaders have stepped up calls on the Prime Minister to provide urgent clarity on when students can return to campus. It is illogical that they are still forced to stay at home under pandemic restrictions.

Universities UK (UUK), which represents Vice Chancellor, said last month the institutions wanted students to be back on campus “as soon as possible after Easter” to offer them face-to-face activities and catch-up support.

With lockdown restrictions easing across the country, one million students will remain locked out of their university accommodation, and the Vice Chancellors have now requested a clear signal from the government when the restriction will be lifted.

The UUK has written to Boris Johnson to highlight the inconsistency in the fact that the ban remains in place, although gyms, spas, zoos and theme parks can reopen from April 12, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The group wrote that universities were “instrumental” in vaccine development and that the government owed them an explanation after failing to fulfill their promise to review the ban at Easter.

“We request an explanation for this omission and urgent clarification of your government’s plans for student return and what further steps are being taken to support their education and well-being,” UUK said in the letter seen by the Telegraph .

The President of the UUK, Professor Julia Buckingham, and the Managing Director Alistair Jarvis pointed out that self-catering holidays are allowed from Monday.

“It therefore seems illogical that students should not be allowed to return to their self-catering accommodation and resume their studies … especially at this crucial time of the academic year,” the letter said.

So far, only students who are earning a degree that requires in-person tuition, such as: B. Medicine, as well as creative or practical courses that cannot be taught remotely.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Education told paper ministers that they would “examine options for student return” and announce plans “by the end of the Easter break”.

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