Universities Open Up for Students In May

University students in England who have been studying online since Christmas, have been told by the government they cannot return to campuses until at least 17 May.

The Department for Education announced that as part of the route out of lockdown, all students who have not yet resumed in-person teaching will do so "no earlier than 17 May".

The return will coincide with step three of the government's wider roadmap, also due to begin that day, where restrictions on social contact and indoor mixing will be further eased.

However, as with all steps, progression to the next stage remains dependent on a review of the latest data and the impact of step two which began on Monday with the opening of non-essential shops, pub gardens and outdoor dining.

Since March, only students on creative and practical courses have been allowed in-person teaching. It is estimated around half of university students in England were not eligible to return to campuses.

On their return, all students and staff will be encouraged to take three supervised tests at special testing sites set up on many campuses.

For the remainder of the summer term, students will have access to either home testing kits or ones part of the "University Collect" service distributed from communal locations on campus, such as libraries.