I'm so glad that students have received the U-Turn they deserve, after such a stressful and upsetting time for many. I am, however, concerned at how Universities will manage this in practice. #ALevelsResults
For example, if a Uni genuinely cannot give places to everyone who now will have the required grades (because of accommodation, number of teaching staff, need to social distance etc) will this be a breach of contract? Grounds for denied students to take legal action?
Or do Unis have clauses to protect them from this? Can they force deferrals?

Will Unis go over "capacity" w/out increasing staff numbers or pay, and further worsen the current workload crisis and number of insecure staff?

Will there be enough support services for students?
Will Universities lower down in the league table who get a sizeable proportion of their students through clearing now face huge loses and student deficits?

Will the government invest the £££££ needed for Unis to actually pull this off safely?

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They were promised an “authentic” university experience.

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