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Students Must Be Told of Teaching Format

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The Office for Students (OfS) has insisted that students must be told with absolute clarity on how courses will be taught, before committing to a place.

There is a possibility that courses might still be online, with university campuses having closed this term due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nicola Dandridge of the OfS said: "The important thing here is absolute clarity to students, so they know what they're getting in advance of accepting offers."

"What we don't want to see are promises that it's all going to be back to usual - an on-campus experience - when it turns out that's not the case."

The university watchdog said this information should be provided to students before they make a firm choice and that universities should release students from any acceptances if they have to update their approach to teaching.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has already said that if courses are taught online only, students would still be liable for the same tuition fee as those being taught in-person.

According to Universities UK, institutions were already preparing for a range of scenarios, which could include periods of online study. Meanwhile, the University of Manchester has said its lectured will be online next term but will allow small group teaching as soon as safely possible.

With universities facing financial pressures, there are concerns they will be rush to re-open, which may help attract additional students.