Coronavirus: Universities warn of going bust without emergency funds

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Universities face uncertainty over student numbers during the coronavirus outbreak Universities across the UK are calling for emergency funding of at least £2bn, warning some institutions will go bust without it. Universities UK says the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to sharply cut overseas student numbers and put universities in financial

Coronavirus: Students angry at empty rooms rent charge

Image caption Student union president Helena Schofield wants housing firms to be flexible over rent for absent students Student leaders in England say full rent should not be charged next term on university rooms left empty by the coronavirus shutdown. But in privately run accommodation in Portsmouth, students are being told they must keep paying.

Coronavirus: The impossibility of home-schooling a nation

When UK schools closed their doors amid the coronavirus crisis a couple of weeks ago, a second – and for some, horrifying – epidemic started to spread: that of home schooling. Children returned home laden with homework packs or, in some cases, full online timetables and parents made uneasy transitions into teachers of maths, English

Coronavirus: Scientists question school closures impact

Image copyright Getty Images Countries like the UK that have closed schools to help stop the spread of coronavirus should ask hard questions about whether this is now the right policy, says one team of scientists. The University College London team says keeping pupils off has little impact, even with other lockdown measures. But a

Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter holidays

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ministers are responding to fears that children on free school meals could go hungry Teachers’ unions have welcomed a government decision that means families eligible for free school meals (FSM) will continue to receive financial help to buy food over the Easter holidays. Last week ministers said qualifying families could

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