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Scottish Universities Advised to Delay Freshers' Week

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Universities in Scotland have been advised to postpone freshers' week due to the risk of coronavirus spreading at large scale events.

A Scottish advisory group has warned that a large proportion of students will only have received their first vaccination and activities should be focused on small groups.

The National Union of Students (NUS) has responded by calling for an acceleration in the number of students vaccinated.

The government will want to avoid a repeat of last year when several outbreaks were recorded at blocks of student accommodation.

The advisory group said virtual freshers' week and online teaching may be required in the first few weeks of the new term and that regular testing and support should be provided to those required to self-isolate.

Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland president commented: "Students must be treated fairly - we are keen to work with the Scottish government to develop coherent guidance that ensures parity for student associations if pubs and bars are open and able to host unofficial freshers' week events."

According to Jamie Hepburn, minister for higher and further education, the operational guidance was still being developed.