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The limits of autonomy

How should universities respond to Sage’s call for teaching to go online?

As people in the Liverpool City Region wake up this morning to strict new Covid-19 restrictions, the Labour Party has upped the stakes in the framing of the pandemic. Following news that the government’s own scientific advisers backed a “circuit-breaker”—a short period of lockdown “to return incidence to low levels”—in England on 21 September, Labour has broken with political consensus and is calling for a national lockdown.

As we reported yesterday, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies also suggested that all university and college teaching should be online “unless face-to-face teaching is absolutely essential”. Fiona McIntyre has been collating responses to the news.

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