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Vanessa Wilson warns that the delayed return to campus will have consequences

As queues for barbers, non-essential retail and pubs grow by the day with the easing of lockdown restrictions, the renewed taste of freedom feels bittersweet for a significant portion of the population.

While we can all enjoy a drink with friends or finally get our lockdown locks tamed, many of us in higher education only feel frustration. Despite months of preparation to make campuses Covid-safe and secure, and the timetabling and re-timetabling of in-person teaching, university students on non-practical and non-priority courses—around half of all students—are not being allowed to return to in-person teaching until 17 May, and even that date is not a given.

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