A FULL return to campus by all university students in England will not be until mid-May at the earliest.
College leaders had urged Gavin Williamson’s Department for Education for an earlier return date for the half who have been away all year.
University students in England are set to return to campus from May 17 at the earliestCredit: Alamy
But the Government said it must review the impact of other lockdown restrictions being eased.
Most university students in England were asked not to return to campus as part of the January lockdown.
It’s estimated that half of students are currently not eligible to return to in-person teaching.
Universities minister Michelle Donelan said all remaining students will be told not to return to face-to-face lessons on campus until at least May 17.
She said: “The movement of students across the country poses a risk for the transmission of the virus – particularly because of the higher prevalence and rates of transmission of new variants.
“Students who have returned to higher education settings should not move back and forward between their permanent home and student home during term time unless they meet one of the exemptions.”
Universities minister Michelle Donelan warned ‘the movement of students across Britain poses a risk for the transmission of Covid’Credit: Getty – Pool
Students and staff will be advised to take three tests when they return at a testing site on campus.
Professor Julia Buckingham, president of Universities UK, said it was “illogical” to open shops, gyms, spas, zoos and theme parks on April 12 but not allow students to go to campus in a letter to Boris Johnson.
She wrote: “This is another blow for those students who have been studying online since early December, and you will be aware of many studies highlighting the impact on students’ mental health, wellbeing and development.”