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University students can return for blended learning from 12th April, Education Minister announces

15 Mar 2021 2 minutes Read
Cardiff University. Picture by Stan Zurek

All students can return to universities for blended learning from 12th April, the Education Minister Kirsty Williams has announced.

She said that additional testing would be in place for those returning to their universities.

“Our key message for students and staff in higher education is to stay local and work or study from home if you can,” she said.

“Only attend your place of work or study if you can’t work from home.

“However, in line with our commitment to prioritise education, the rules do allow a person to travel outside their local area for education reasons.

“Students and staff who need to make use of on-campus learning or work can access campus facilities such as academic libraries, study spaces, studios or laboratories.

“So, from the 12th April, it is our expectation that all students can return for blended learning for the duration of the summer term.

“Universities have planned for more teaching and learning to continue in the summer term than in a normal academic cycle.”

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Chris Jones said there was “strong evidence that the majority of students, because of their age, are less susceptible to severe clinical disease”.

He added that there “appears to be little evidence of community transmission from student populations”.

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