Aston university has announced all seminars, tutorials and face-to-face classes are to be cancelled until at least the end of June.

The University has cancelled all assessments on campus and all lab-based classes for the next three-and-a-half months for ‘the safety of staff and students’.

The buildings will remain open and most learning is available via remote channels.

A statement on Aston University’s website read: “There will be no face-to-face teaching, which includes seminars, tutorials, and lab-based classes, after Tuesday, March 17 until at least the end of June.

“We will be cancelling all assessments that you would come on campus to complete, e.g. exams, presentations and lab assessments, until the end of the spring/summer exam period.

“University buildings will remain open and most learning is now available via remote channels.

“The advice from Public Health England is that the overall risk to the population is “high”.

“Aston has established a team to closely monitor and manage the situation and is acting on advice of Public Health England, Universities UK and the NHS.”

But the closure prompted comments from students, with one asking: “So we’re missing months of university – how are you going to deal with the fees?”

The decision to shut down face-to-face classes and switch to online teaching has also been taken by universities elsewhere in the UK.

“Last week we asked everyone to stay at home if you had one of two key symptoms: a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.



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