@DrJoGrady @ucu comments on COVID in higher education, findings from @IndependentSage
The University and College Union said that the government needed to listen to the findings in the report on Covid in higher education its Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) published on Friday 4th September 2020.
UCU general secretary Jo Grady said:
‘This report is sobering reading and brings the dangers associated with reopening university campuses into sharp focus. It exposes how wrong it was to try and pretend this would be business as usual. The worry now is how ill-prepared the government and universities appear to be.
‘We welcome the recommendations for better testing and tracing, and for universities to work with staff and students on guidance. This report adds further weight to our call that online teaching must be universities’ default position. What we really need now is a serious response from universities and government. The health of university staff, students and the wider community is too important to gamble with, this is not business as usual.’
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— Independent SAGE (@IndependentSage) September 4, 2020