What will going to university in 2020 look like?


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How will the coronavirus pandemic impact freshers week in 2020?

University, meanwhile, are doing something similar – a ‘social bubble’ system will ‘apply wherever they are on campus,’ in a bid to open up university facilities without encouraging mass gatherings.
As for meeting people outside of your ‘bubble’ through typical methods like sports, going out and freshers events? Much of this has been altered to comply with social distancing rules. Universities on the whole seem to be trying to find solutions, such as meeting outside, or taking part of the clubs online, with others waiting to see what the situation is like come September.
reports the majority of British universities students will live in “bubbles” of between six and 13 people.
Virtual lectures
What with much of the working world going virtual, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that universities are considering the same. In mid-May, Cambridge university announced there will be no face-to-face lectures until 2021, but that lectures will be available to students online and”it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person.”
Tim Robberts
University of Birmingham
revealed that ‘online delivery will form a key element of our resilient provision’ and that ‘all core lectures must be delivered online’, while Edinburgh, Warwick, Bristol, Manchester and UCL have shared similar messages.
That said, the amount of in-person teaching will vary by subject, mainly because degrees in medicine or science, with laboratory-based work, tend to need more face-to-face teaching than arts subjects. The general consensus seems to be larger scale lectures, or lessons that previously involved 25+ students in one room, will now go virtual, while seminars and smaller study groups may eventually be allowed.

The campus
The majority, if not all, universities expect staff and students to maintain social distancing wherever possible when moving around campus, and will increase hand sanitiser and washing stations in shared spaces. The likes of
and Exeter are also introducing one way systems, including entrances and exits, in a bid to limit spread.
The number of people on campus at any one time is also likely to be less. Not only down to virtual learning, but because of a potential decrease in students. New independent research from the University of Leicester
41 per cent of 2,000 surveyed UK students are considering deferring their places until 2021 because of uncertainty over online courses and safety.
In official advice from the
Department of Education
, the government explained,”It may be appropriate to consider reopening low-density buildings first as a phased way of extending access to the campus while safeguarding the needs of staff and students.”
They’ve also asked that universities”implement a range of protective measures including increased cleaning, reducing ‘pinch points’ (such as at the start and end of day), and utilising outdoor space.”
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