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University students urged to do their bit and make sensible decisions

4:00 pm, Thursday, 7th January 2021 - 1 week ago

Children and families

Local students hoping to return to university in the coming days are being urged by a leading Councillor to ‘do their bit, make sensible decisions and save lives.’

Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children, education and young people, made the comments when reacting to news of the Government’s latest coronavirus national lockdown.

Councillor Lindley said: “The Government’s latest guidance to university students will be quite a difficult pill to swallow. I know that many students in our area will have been looking forward to going back to university, seeing their mates, and carrying on with their courses.

“Unfortunately, this latest guidance means that many will now not be able to travel back to university, and those that have already made the journey back may have to stay there.”

The Government has announced that students who are studying medicine, health and education-related courses may return to face-to-face classes but must be tested twice a week.

Students not studying one of the courses outlined on the Government’s website must continue their learning online, facilitated by their university.

Those living out of the area to attend university have been told that they should not move back and forward between their permanent home and student home during term time.

Councillor Lindley added: “We are in a particularly difficult situation where we cannot afford to take risks because the case rates could rocket up. If that happens, the NHS will come under immense pressure.

“I would urge students to do their bit. Read the guidance, make the sensible decision, and help save lives.”

To find out more about the latest guidance for universities and university students, visit GOV.UK.

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