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Universities Suspend Teaching in Response to Covid-19

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Universities have begun to rearrange teaching and exams to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Salford, Bristol, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Southampton are amongst those taking measures such as ending the term early, moving to teach online, and cancelling exams.

The announcement comes after the University of Oxford confirmed six of its students have tested positive for the virus, whilst cases have also been confirmed at St Andrew's and at Bristol universities.

The University of Nottingham is to put all teaching online from 23 March and is cancelling all overseas travel and residential trips in the UK.

Meanwhile, at Salford University all teaching will be suspended from this week, except for final-year students, although the campus and student accommodation will remain open.

At the University of Southampton, the spring holiday has been bought forward to ensure any impact is kept to a minimum.

Similarly, the University of Bristol will end face-to-face teaching early this term and has cancelled all overseas field trips.

Bristol vice-chancellor, Hugh Brady, said: "This is indeed a very worrying time for us all - professionally and personally - but I am confident that we can harness our collective ingenuity, resolve and passion for our institution to navigate the choppy waters ahead."