Universities plan social bubbles when they reopen

Students may have to live in a ‘bubble’ with people on their course when campuses in the United Kingdom reopen in the autumn as part of measures being weighed up by universities to limit social mixing amid the coronavirus pandemic, writes David Child for the Evening Standard.

Those arriving at university for the first time could also be faced with virtual freshers’ week events, fewer large-scale lectures and one-way systems across campus in a bid to prevent COVID-19 transmission. The proposals form part of a Universities UK briefing published on 3 June which confirmed the higher education sector is planning a blended learning approach – featuring a mix of online and face-to-face classes – for the coming academic year.

It came after a poll from the University and College Union which found that 71% of applicants would prefer to delay the start of the academic year if it meant they could get more face-to-face teaching.
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