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Blue moonshot

Has the government learned its lesson in plans for returning students to campus in January?

As fans of Rodgers and Hart and Manchester City know, a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. Yesterday afternoon, universities in England learned that they are expected to conduct a second Covid-19 testing moonshot in the space of four weeks.

In a letter seen by Playbook, universities minister Michelle Donelan wrote to vice-chancellors to inform them of plans for the migration of students in early 2021. “While we are confident that the face-to-face teaching element of blended learning can be done in Covid-secure environments, the mass movement of students across the country poses greater risks for the transmission of infection between areas,” wrote the minister.

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