The suggestion online learning means lower quality teaching from lecturers like me just isn’t true

Coronavirus has gone to university. Like thousands of undergraduates, it has moved into the halls of residence and is now hanging around lecture theatres and uni bars, worrying parents.

This was inevitable but it was not unavoidable. I have been a university lecturer for over 10 years and the one constant in all that time has been the dreaded ‘Freshers’ Flu’ that is unleashed every September when students from all over the country are thrown together and encouraged to enjoy themselves.

By October, students and staff are dropping like flies as every strain of the sniffles swirls about campus in a bacterial ballet of infection. Throw Covid-19 into the mix and you don’t need to have a degree in virology to see the risks involved. But the Government said “Press on.” “It’ll be fine.” “Over the top, lads!” “Don’t forget your masks.”


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