DfE announces university students to return by 17 May 2021 amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

DfE announces university students to return by 17 May 2021 amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced university students are to return to campus no earlier than 17 May 2021. This aligns with step three of the government’s roadmap on easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The progression to step three will be dependent on the review of data available and the impact of step two on the four key tests in easing lockdown restrictions. DfE has announced that students and staff are encouraged to take three tests at an asymptomatic testing site upon return to campus. The government has also made available additional funding of £15m for individuals struggling with accommodation payments during the pandemic. The funding is made eligible for international and postgraduate students as well as domestic undergraduates.

DfE has announced that students will also have access to home testing kits during the summer term in addition to onsite testing. Tests will be free and those that test positive to a lateral flow antigen test will need to isolate for ten days unless they receive a negative polymerase chain reaction test within two days.

Source: Remaining university students to return to campus from Step 3 of the roadmap, no earlier than 17 May

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