Students have spoken of their worry and frustration at being trapped in their university halls, in a situation described by unions as “shambolic”.
Up to 1,700 students at Manchester Metropolitan University and hundreds at other institutions, including in Edinburgh and Glasgow, are self-isolating following Covid-19 outbreaks.
In Manchester students are being prevented from leaving by security.
Universities UK said the wellbeing of students was “the first priority”.
Robert Halfon, the conservative chairman of the Education Select Committee, said 3,000 students were in lockdown at universities from Dundee to Exeter.
He called for the government and its scientific…
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