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UK coronavirus live: students may face Christmas on campus to reduce Covid spread

The former rector of Glasgow University, Aamer Anwar, whose three year term ended earlier this year, has posted this highly critical thread describing the treatment of students as a “shambles” and alleging that they are regarded as “cashcows” by accommodation providers.

Aamer Anwar🎗✊🏽#BlackLivesMatter (@AamerAnwar)

As former Rector @UofGlasgow a thread on Universities shambles👇🏽 far too desperate for income from ‘cash cow’ students, exploitative rents, international fees, fill the halls but what were the contingency plans to keep them safe until it was too late?

Anwar is also critical of reporting of the guidance not to attend pubs as a ban - in fairness to the media, this may have stemmed from lack of clarity in the original Universities Scotland press release which didn’t make it clear that this only applied to the coming weekend, not indefinitely.

He also points out that many students themselves work in pubs and bars to support their studies, and that “patronising diatribe against students, thinking this is about getting a pint, fails to recognise how many struggle financially”.

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