I wonder how many other universities will do the same thing, will cambridge and oxford detain students who test positive?Decent article in The Guardian today about that very subject.
Deposits had already been taken, get the students on campus, get them paying rent, get the £9250 tuition fees out of them, and then effectively confine them to their rooms in 'bubbles' of four people.
What a horrendous start to a University experience.
Threatening emails are being sent out at Manchester Metropolitan University to students who are starting to hang protest banners out of their rooms.
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I think you're right it was all to get the money into the coffers; on a side point It would be very interesting if somebody analysed what universities use to cost the nation pre all the student loans and expansion of subjects.
Will these have been the same students that went through the marking debacle [or was that mainly gcse?] if so, this has got to be one of the worse experiences of education/govt.
I hope some of these isolated/detained students aren't gamblers, going online and losing lots of money on top of everything else.