Chris Havergal, writing in THES on Monday 5 April, reported that updated guidance published after the government briefing has left existing arrangements for return of students unchanged. and that Vice-Chancellors have expressed their disappointment that a date for face-to-face teaching of students on all courses has not yet been announced.
BBC News, Sheffield & South Yorkshire, reported on Saturday 6 February 2021 that South Yorkshire Police broke up a student party at Randmoor Student Village in Sheffield attended by more than 150, having been called to the site by university security staff in the early hours of Thursday 4 February 2021.
On Friday 5 February 2021, Richard Adams and Rachel Hall reported in the Higher Education section of the Guardian that the Secretary of State for Education is planning to begin a phased return of students to English universities from 8 March 2021.
Rebecca Day, writing in the Manchester Evening News on Thursday 4 February 2021, reported that Manchester University is warning students that they risk being removed from their accommodation following a 'series of parties in halls'.
On Friday 15 January 2021, Kali Lindsay, writing in the Chronicle Live reported that Durham Parish Council had received numerous complaints about the number of students returning to the city. Police have been asked to increase patrols over fears returning students are breaching coronavirus rules.
BBC News reported that a snowball fight attended by hundreds on 14 January 2021 in Hyde Park, Leeds, resulted in West Yorkshire Police fining two men who organised it £10,000 each. One of them had been fined previously for breaching coronavirus restrictions on mixing households.
BBC News reported on Sunday 24 January 2021 that Birmingham police broke up a student party to which party-goers had travelled from, amongst others, Newcastle, Nottingham and London. On Friday night West Midlands Police issued 58 £200 fines for Covid-19 locked breaches, and five £1000 fines.