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Keele University Reveals Five Point Plan

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Keele University has said its lectures are likely to remain online-only for months, but students are expected to return to campus in September.

The university has revealed a five-stage reopening plan that will gradually see more and more student services offered face-to-face. However, the institution expects it to take a full year until business returns to normal.

Vice-chancellor Trevor McMillan said: "The safety and well-being of the Keele community is our highest priority, and we want to assure you that activities will only take place on campus where it is safe to do so."

"Keele has always prided itself on providing an excellent student experience within a close-knit community, and we are committed to continuing to provide that high-quality experience, both in person and online."

Students will receive some face-to-face teaching from September as long as social distancing is adhered to. Halls of residence will open in time for the start of term but shared facilities will be limited to up to eight people, creating household 'bubbles'.

The university is also planning virtual welcome events during freshers' week and online student support, whilst research activities for staff and students will be slowly phased in.

The university is currently at level four out of five, which means it has already eased some lockdown restrictions and is offering a small number of essential campus services. It is likely to be at level three on the sliding scale when the new term starts.