With scant face-to-face teaching, high housing costs and an uncertain jobs market, many of us feel neglected

Watching the prime minister’s announcement of a new lockdown in England on Monday night, I felt an all too familiar sense of panic. University students, at all levels from fresher to newly graduated, have been woefully neglected and jeopardised by the government during the pandemic.

A lack of guidelines on examinations and assessments, unrealistic promises of on-campus learning, painful and uncertain separations from families, and entrapment in accommodation with extortionate rents are just the tip of the iceberg. Yet again there was no mention of universities during Boris Johnson’s address to the nation, and government guidance for universities online remains vague and open to interpretation.

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