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Saturday, 14 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS: UK UNIS HALT TEACHING AND EXAMS



Coronavirus: More universities halt teaching and exams


Salford, Bristol, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Southampton universities are among the latest to rearrange teaching and exams to limit the spread of Covid-19.


Measures include ending term early, online teaching and cancelling exams.


The moves came as six Oxford students were diagnosed with the virus, while St Andrew's and Bristol universities have each reported a case.


"I recognise many of you are understandably anxious," Nottingham's vice-chancellor told students.


Prof Shearer West said in a letter, which she asked students to share with friends and family: "I am writing to let you know what measures we are taking immediately to reassure you, protect your health and ensure that your learning can continue."


Nottingham will put all teaching online from 23 March and is cancelling all trips overseas and residential trips within the UK.


However, the letter stresses the university - including its libraries - will remain open.

Salford University has announced all teaching - except for final-year students - will be suspended from Monday, but the campus and student accommodation will remain open.

"This will give us time and space to plan for what may be necessary," said a spokesperson.

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