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How should universities respond to the coronavirus outbreak?

The good news is that we are not talking about Brexit any more. All other considerations in higher education policy are rightly taking a back seat to the imminent threat of Covid-19.

As we go to print this morning, a swathe of universities have jumped the gun, pre-empting government advice and declaring a partial or full shutdown of their activities today or by the end of the week. The list includes the universities of Aberdeen, Stirling, the West of Scotland, Edinburgh, Durham, Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Liverpool, Sheffield Hallam, Loughborough, Leicester, Essex, Hertfordshire, Exeter, Portsmouth, Surrey, Swansea, Edinburgh Napier, Liverpool John Moores, Ulster, Queen’s Belfast, Cardiff, Trinity St David, and Heriot-Watt, as well as The Open University and the University for the Creative Arts.

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