Russell Group statement ahead of new Covid-19 national restrictions

03 November 2020

In light of the new Covid-19 national restrictions that will be implemented this week, Dr Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Russell Group said:

"As the country prepares for another period of lockdown our universities’ priorities are unchanged and we will continue to focus on providing the best possible learning experience while ensuring our campuses are Covid-secure for staff and students.

"The Government has been clear that students living at university should remain at their student home and continue with their studies. Being on campus will enable students to benefit from a blend of online and in-person teaching and have access to wider facilities such as socially distanced study spaces, libraries and other support services. This blended approach is important for both the education and wellbeing of our students.

"Universities worked hard to prepare for the new term, and where cases have occurred our members, together with local health authorities, have supported students and staff and worked with them to reduce transmission. As a result of their combined efforts, universities have seen cases fall significantly in recent weeks. There is no room for complacency and we will continue to follow Government guidelines, but these are positive signs and reflect the safety of our campuses."