Students should not be made “scapegoats” for a wave of Covid outbreaks, says a lecturers’ leader.
Jo Grady of the UCU university staff union said it was the “completely predictable” outcome of encouraging large numbers of students to return.
With universities in England returning, she called for them to switch as much as possible to online teaching.
The Department for Education says it is supporting universities to have a mix of online and face-to-face teaching.
Dr Grady said tough restrictions on students in Scotland and increasing warnings for students in England did not mean outbreaks were a consequence of “reckless behaviour” by students.
Instead she said outbreaks were the result of universities pushing for “massive numbers” of students to come back to campuses for the “university experience” and to sign up for accommodation.
“As far as I’m…
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