UUK 3 June 2020

On 3 June 2020 Universities UK (UUK) published principles providing a framework for individual universities to consider as they emerge from lockdown to help inform how universities develop their plans for the coming weeks and for the new academic year. The publication highlighted key considerations to support universities and provide transparency for students on the work underway to give them the full university experience next year.

An open statement on behalf of the universities from the President of UUK and Vice-Chancellor of Bruel University, Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, and the Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University, Professor Shearer West (who is chairing a speciallhy convened sounding board to co-ordinate the sector's recovery work) is available by following this link:

Principles for emerging from lockdown.

 The full set of principles can be found at:

NOTE: UUK's first principle is "The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff, visitors, and the wider community will be the priority in decisions relating to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in universities." There is no reference whatsover to the impact of the mass migration of students at the beginning of the next academic year on  'the wider community'. In fact no acknowledgement at all of the fact that the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year in September, if it follows the pattern set in previous years, will result in over two million students crossing from one end of the UK to the other.

Therefore, it is not scaremongering to point out that this migration is likely to put the welfare of residents and thier families and friends and neighbours (and students living in HMOs and PBSA) at risk. This is even before the anti-social and downright reckless behaviour of students, supposedly only returning to collect their belongings, is fed into the equation of probabilities.

Is this what is going to precipitate a new wave of Covid-19 infection?