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Plans Drawn Up for Travelling Students

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Students are to be offered a rapid Covid test as part of plans to coordinate their safe travel home for Christmas.

Universities are also planning to allocate students with travel slots in the first week of December and will work with local public health bodies to ensure students will be able to get home in time for the holidays. The timing of the travel window will ensure that even those that are required to self-isolate will still be able to get home for Christmas.

Students have been advised to only travel during their allocated window, with universities required to move all teaching online from 9th December.

The Department for Education says universities will now begin working with local health bodies and transport operators to manage the staggered movement of students.

The chief executive of Russell Group universities, Dr Tim Bradshaw, welcomed the plans but suggested a mandatory cut-off date for in-person teaching would create practical challenges.

Meanwhile, Dr Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union, said allowing just one week for students to travel leaves "little room for error". She argued the government could instead tell universities to move online now to provide more time to stagger the movement of students.