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Most Universities Planning Face-to-Face Teaching

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According to a Universities UK (UUK) poll of 92 universities, more than nine in 10 institutions have said they will provide some in-person teaching to students at the start of term this year.

The survey also suggests that more than four in five universities are looking to provide sporting, fitness and wellbeing activities in the autumn.

Commenting on the current climate, the vice-president for education at the University of Sheffield urged students to take up their university places this year ahead of the deadline to make the final decision on offers.

Prof Wyn Morgan suggested that students could have a better chance of gaining a place at one of the leading universities due to a demographic dip resulting in fewer 18-year-olds.

The professor admitted students would have a different experience, with many clubs and societies moving online. For the University of Sheffield, the institution will supplement face-to-face teaching with more online learning and students will be placed into bubbles within their residences.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) has predicted that tends of thousands fewer students could start university this year. Those who have applied through Ucas have until Thursday to make a decision on their offers. However, Ucas has predicted a worst-case scenario in which up to 46,000 fewer domestic students will start courses this autumn.

Commenting on the situation, Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of UUK, said: "Although their first term will be different from previous years, most students can expect significant in-person teaching and a wide range of social activities and support services."

"Universities are committed to providing an engaging academic and social experience for all while ensuring the safety and welfare of the whole university community."