Tomorrow, the Government is expected to announce new measures which will ensure that all university students can safely return to their homes for Christmas.
NUS national president Larissa Kennedy has responded to the expected announcement, stating:
have finally listened to our calls to ensure that students can travel home
safely for Christmas. We had raised concerns about plans to make students
self-isolate for extended periods of time, and the effect this would have on
their mental health, so giving students some much-needed clarity will hopefully
put many at ease.”
particularly welcome this mass-testing approach as it equips students with the
knowledge to make informed decisions about travel ahead of the winter break
based on individual risk, instead of being subject to blanket rules we’ve seen
elsewhere this term.”
The rules that
will apply to students who receive a positive test from this initiative are
currently not clear. In addition, the Government has released no indication
that there are plans in place to prevent another spike in university cities
when students return after their Christmas break.