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As Universities UK calls for universities to reopen fully, are students getting value for money?

The government’s roadmap for leaving lockdown, announced on 22 February, included a promise to review, “by the end of the Easter holidays”, options for allowing all students back to campuses. A week before those holidays start, Universities UK is putting its bid in for a full reopening on 12 April. In a statement released today, UUK says that concerns are growing that the next stage of student returns will be delayed until 17 May at the earliest, while universities have been preparing “extensively” for all students to be back in April.

The government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies has warned that restrictions on universities could be among the last to be removed because of the risks of asymptomatic coronavirus transmission, but Playbook has previously reported on studies that suggested the return of students to campus did not lead to higher-than-usual infection rates.

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