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Clarification Urged Over Student Returns

Posted by Richard Ward

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University students are beginning to return to campuses across Scotland amid confusion over whether they should return at all.

Some students at Edinburgh University have begun to return to campus under a staggered return that was previously agreed. However, Nicola Sturgeon is now reportedly looking at changes to the rules for students, with an update due later this week.

Universities are also awaiting clarification from the Scottish Government about restrictions to face-to-face and online teaching.

The National Union of Students has criticised the continued uncertainty and have called for online learning to be the default position. Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland president has also called for rent rebates for students paying for accommodation they are unable to access.

Mr Crilly said: "NUS Scotland continues to call for online learning to be the default position. That way no student has to be on campus unless absolutely necessary and every student can make an informed decision about whether they want to return to their student accommodation."

"Students are being expected to pay rent for at least six weeks for accommodation they can't use. That is grossly unfair."

"We are seeking urgent clarity from the Scottish Government and universities to ensure no student is left out of pocket and that every university has a no-detriment policy in place, so no student is academically disadvantaged."