Students have warned of widespread mental health issues amid fears they will be asked to stay at university over the Christmas break.
With the vast majority of lectures moved online, strict rules around socialising and reports of outbreaks in halls across the UK, students are facing months of isolation.
Following the push to physically return to campus, students have also accused their universities and the government of caring more about money than their welfare.
The concerns around the dire situation facing hundreds of thousands of young people – many of them away from home for the first time – came to a head on Thursday, when health secretary Matt Hancock said he could not rule out speculation that students may be asked not to go home over the Christmas break in order to prevent spreading Covid-19 to their families.
The suggestion was met with outrage, with students and parents expressing their frustration that after being urged to return to university – paying a significant sum of rent along the way – thousands of people were able to do little more than log onto lectures from their rooms.
I know there are worse things happening atm but can we all take a moment to appreciate how shite it is to be a student right now? they're paying exorbitant fees but doing all lectures from home, will be no doubt shafted when it comes to jobs and can't even go to the pub. https://t.co/lUcn7MdZUl— Susie Beever (@SusieMayJourno) September 25, 2020
maybe dehumanising is a bit strong a word but forcing students to stay away from their support networks after insisting everyone go back into schools and unis at £9,250 a pop is really sending a clear message to young people that this govt does not care one bit about them https://t.co/cKo6gT8bPw— zoe (@zoyoudidnt) September 24, 2020
Amid complaints about the financial strain and near-zero social opportunities, mental health – already a significant issue amongst the student population – concerns were also shared by those...