Freshers Week – Covid Style
One of the best parts of starting university is undoubtedly Freshers’ Week. It’s a week-long bout of activities, socialising, and learning your way round campus, and partying like a Rockstar. However, this year will look quite different with strict regulations in place to avoid the spread of Covid19. Students who live in households, or ‘bubbles’, will no longer be allowed to mix with their peers from other households. Furthermore, they can even face disciplinary action and fines if they breach the public health measures.
The biggest crisis the university sector has ever faced
A recent survey of 92 UK universities found that 89 are planning to provide some on-campus teaching in 2020. However, the remaining three saying they would be providing teaching mostly online. Unlike schools, universities are privately-run institutions free to develop their own road-maps post pandemic. Cambridge University is the first to say it will offer courses online for the whole 2020-21 academic year. This decision to stay online could set a precedent for the shift from traditional lecture-based teaching to student-centred online learning. With social distancing measures likely to stay in place for the foreseeable, other universities are expected to follow suit. It seems teaching will be a blended mix of online lecturers and small group teaching.
Freshers week – no frolicking please!
Universities across UK will ban parties and overnight stays for students from September as part of social distancing guidelines. There will even be fines issued for any students having sex on freshers week. So, it looks like this is going to be ‘new normal’ for universities for quite some time in the era of Covid19.
There’s no doubt that universities are doing the right thing for the safety of students and teachers. However, it will mean the experience of freshers week will look different this year.
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