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UCU response to SAGE report on Covid in higher education

4 September 2020 | last updated: 17 September 2020

UCU said the government needed to listen the findings in the report on Covid in higher education published by its Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'This report is sobering reading and brings the dangers associated with reopening university campuses into sharp focus. It exposes how wrong it was to try and pretend this would be business as usual. The worry now is how ill-prepared the government and universities appear to be. 

'We welcome the recommendations for better testing and tracing, and for universities to work with staff and students on guidance. This report adds further weight to our call that online teaching must be universities' default position. What we really need now is a serious response from universities and government. The health of university staff, students and the wider community is too important to gamble with, this is not business as usual.'

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