Universities should switch to full online learning only as a last resort in the event of a local coronavirus outbreak, new guidance says.
The hundreds of thousands of students due to arrive at England’s universities in the coming weeks also face a ban on house parties under the “rule of six”.
Students must limit socialising, staying within separate “households”, and be taught in managed groups.
The mass return of students raises the risk of outbreaks, the guidance says.
The academics’ union said it would be safer to switch most teaching online this term and allow students to return only when virus levels were lower.
UCU general secretary Jo Grady added: “Any country with a…
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