Covid 19 coronavirus: 11 new cases – all in managed isolation

There are 11 new Covid-19 cases – all in managed isolation. There are no new cases in the community. Five of these cases are part of the day-six testing of international fishing crew in Christchurch. Of today’s other cases detected in managed isolation, one involves a family group of two people who arrived from Amsterdam via Singapore. The other cases […]

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School insurance fears for cancelled trips

Schools and residential trip providers fear they will no longer be covered by insurance for visits cancelled because of coronavirus. After changes last week, advice on the Association of British Insurers website no longer says schools will be covered for the loss of trips. It now says schools should “seek a refund from the venue”. The ABI says the advice […]

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UK universities ‘bullying’ junior staff into face-to-face teaching

As universities struggle to contain student parties, and with coronavirus outbreaks already confirmed at several campuses, many academics are afraid of face-to-face teaching. But some say managers are bullying them to return and, fearing redundancy, they feel unable to refuse. In the past few days the universities of Glasgow and Liverpool have both announced significant Covid outbreaks, and other universities, […]

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Thousands of students in isolation at 20 UK universities

Thousands of students have been forced to go into isolation within days of campuses reopening, as ministers refused to rule out keeping them away from home over Christmas to stop the spread of Covid-19. As cases spread, students were confirmed to be in self-isolation at 20 universities across the UK. An outbreak of more than 100 confirmed cases at the […]

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University subject guide: mechanical engineering

What you’ll learnIf you’re interested in vehicle design, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology or sustainable energy, this could be the degree for you. Mechanical engineering degrees provide an understanding of core concepts, such as thermodynamics, materials science and structural analysis, using tools such as computer-aided engineering to analyse problems and find practical solutions. Students will study all, or part, of the […]

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The best tech for students – from laptops to note-taking tools

It’s that time of year again when students are gearing up to go to university. But this time, it’s under very different circumstances – which makes having the right equipment even more important. From laptops and phones to headphones and note-taking tools, here’s a guide to some of the tech that might help improve your student experience … without breaking […]

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Scotland to make face coverings compulsory in secondary schools

Secondary school students in Scotland will be obliged to wear face coverings in corridors, communal areas and on buses from Monday, the education secretary has confirmed. John Swinney told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland that students should wear masks in areas where physical distancing is not possible. Mr Swinney said the Scottish government’s measures go further than World Health Organisation […]

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Overseas students fear losing university places

Overseas students who enrolled on University of Hertfordshire courses last September must settle their debts on Monday or risk being suspended. An email to a student, sent last week and seen by BBC News, gives a deadline of 24 August for 100% payment. The university says it has already extended its payment deadlines. Hundreds of overseas students from several universities […]

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