‘Going home puts my parents at risk’: UK students hit by coronavirus upheaval

The Guardian is reporting that UK universities are shifting to online learning and exams to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but many students are anxious that this isn’t happening fast enough.

Last week, many universities, including the London School of Economics, King’s College London, the University of Durham and Manchester Metropolitan University, announced plans to replace face-to-face teaching with video lectures and online seminars, end term early, or cancel exams.

The upheaval follows disruption to teaching and assessment for many students following a month of strikes over pay and pensions by their lecturers and other staff members.

While official government advice is that universities should remain open, self-isolation and the uncertainty over how long students will have accommodation for could exacerbate widespread mental health problems on campus. Brandon Papineau, a fourth-year linguistics student at Edinburgh, is currently in self-isolation alone in his flat after returning from the US with a cough and aches.

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