Universities start to cancel face-to-face lectures

Universities will instead offer online teaching. 

Matt Bodell
13 March 2020
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Universities will instead offer online teaching as a ‘precaution’.

Higher education establishments across the UK have started to cancel face to face lectures “as a precautionary measure”.

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Despite the current government advice is for schools and universities to remain open, they have cited a duty of care to both staff and students.

Universities including; Nottingham, Loughborough, Durham and Manchester Metropolitan will instead offer online teaching.

The news comes only 24 hours after Boris Johnson advised the public that the country would take measures to delay the spread of Coronavirus.

The impact on students attending clinical placements is not yet known.

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One student told NursingNotes she was worried; “I have small children and frail parents, I’m worried about going to placement in case I bring anything home to them.” They added; “Clinical placements should be canceled or moved to lower risk areas.”

The University and College Union (UCU) is urging educational institutions to try and keep open accommodation and other services students rely on.

“Universities simply cannot shut down and abandon those students who rely on it for things like accommodation and we trust all these important matters are being kept under review,” the UCU told the BBC.

Student nurses should contact their own university for advice.

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