The government has announced its initial package of support for universities during the Covid-19 crisis.
Drawing on proposals from the universities sector, the package aims to stabilise university admissions this autumn and ensure universities and students are safeguarded at a time of unprecedented uncertainty.
Key parts of this package include:
The full package of proposed measures announced is available to view here.
As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, referenced in her previous email to all staff on Friday, 1 May, this is the first announcement made by government in relation to the sector and there is more work to do before next stage. UUK is continuing to engage with government to discuss the package further and what ongoing support the sector may need.
Universities UK President, Professor Julia Buckingham CBE said: “Universities across all four nations of the UK are doing all that they can to manage the impact of Covid-19 on their students, staff, teaching and research, while at the same time making significant contributions to their communities and the national effort to tackle the pandemic.
“The package of interventions outlined today indicates a welcome recognition from government of the central role that universities will play in the recovery of the economy and communities and the urgent need to provide support for universities to weather the severe financial storm created by COVID-19. It is clear the government has listened to the concerns raised and has drawn from the suggestions that the sector has made.
“Universities will want to examine and understand more fully the details of today’s announcement and then work with government to ensure that detailed measures are developed to meet both the scale and diversity of pressures that universities are facing – including further support to protect the strength, capacity and quality of the research base and ensure the sector is positioned to support economic and social recovery through research and innovation”
The full government announcement is available to view at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-support-package-for-universities-and-students
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