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Scotland holds talks on blended learning amid confusion

Ambiguity over definitions as minister hints students’ Christmas return home may not be possible

The Scottish government has confirmed it is still consulting on what universities would be expected to deliver as ‘restricted blended learning’ under its strictest Covid-19 tiers, as its education minister warned that students may not be able to return home over Christmas.

On 23 October the Scottish government revealed its five-tier framework for coping with Covid-19 in the country, which ranges from the least severe restrictions at Level 0 to the most severe at Level 4. Some in-person teaching at universities will remain at each level under the framework, which comes into force on 2 November.

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