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Former Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King

@IndependentSAGE Launch Consultation On Safe Return Of Universities 

Today’s briefing will focus on a consultation for the return of universities to campus:

  • As universities set to return Independent SAGE launch consultation report into how this can be done safely
  • Universities should focus on providing excellent quality remote learning rather than on opening up campuses that are likely to close again
  • For students who are studying from home the government should provide support through local COVID-safe study hubs and grants for technology and WIFI
  • If students have to attend campus a COVID-safe university should be secured through:
    • Testing on or before arrival on campus followed up by further regular testing of students and staff
    • Online welcome week and teaching in the first two weeks of term along with restrictions of social activities among students where feasible
    • Mitigations in classrooms including masks, social distancing of two meters as the norm and regular cleaning
    • Residential bubbles
    • a social agreement of Covid-safe behaviours on campus. This should cover students, teachers and all university support staff
    • full consultation with University staff, rigorous health and safety procedures and attention to equality and diversity issues

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