Unite and GIC Extend Joint Venture
4th May 2021
Universities UK (UUK) has intensified calls for the government to give urgent clarity on when undergraduates can return to campus. The group, which represents university vice-chancellors, said last month that institutions wanted students back on campus as soon as possible after Easter.
Whilst lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the country, a million students remain banned from their university accommodation.
UUK has now written to Boris Johnson to highlight the inconsistency in the fact that the campus ban continues whilst gyms, spas, zoos and theme parks can reopen from today.
The group say the government owes them an explanation after having not fulfilled its promise to review the ban at Easter. The letter said: "We are asking for an explanation for this omission and seeking urgent clarification about your Government's plans for student returns and what further steps will be taken to support their education and wellbeing."
The only students allowed to return to study are those on courses that require in-person teaching, such as medicine.
A Department for Education spokesman said that ministers are reviewing options for students to return and will announce plans by the end of the Easter holidays.
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