Reopening universities could spark second coronavirus wave, academics warn

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2020 by steve

“The risk of infection on campuses could see universities become ground zero for a second wave of Covid-19 unless they avoid face-to-face teaching, academics have warned. The movement of an expected one million students around Britain as they return to universities in the next month has led the University and College Union (UCU) to warn the Government is ‘encouraging a public health crisis’ …” (more)

[Benjamin Cooper, Belfast Telegraph, 30 August]

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College party crackdown by Coalition

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is examining new measures to crack down on large gatherings, such as college parties, after Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s plans to make it a criminal offence to have more than six people in a person’s home were blocked by the Cabinet …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 30 August]

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UK university reopenings risk ‘public health crisis’, academics warn

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 30th, 2020 by steve

“Plans to reopen universities have been thrown into serious doubt as the UK’s largest academic union warns today that it is “too dangerous” for face-to-face teaching to resume, and calls on the government and vice-chancellors to prevent students returning to campuses this autumn …” (more)

[Donna Ferguson and Toby Helm, Guardian, 29 August]

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COVID-19 pandemic – Years of potential intellectual life lost

Posted in Research on August 30th, 2020 by steve

International“During the coronavirus pandemic, teachers, professors and parents worldwide have realised that we are falling behind in education, research and intellectual progress. How much will the pandemic slow the academic progress of each country and of the world? We could borrow and modify a parallel measurement from the medical field to measure the slowdown …” (more)

[John Richard Schrock, University World News, 7 August]