One-third of respondents to NUS survey say they would feel ‘not at all safe’ if teaching returned to normal in September

More than a third of students would feel unsafe returning to face-to-face teaching on UK university campuses in September, according to a survey conducted by the National Union of Students.

The survey of 1,059 students found that 36 per cent of respondents said they would feel “not at all safe” if they were taught in class only, compared with 28 per cent who said they would feel “somewhat safe” and 17 per cent who said they would feel “fairly safe”. Only 7 per cent said they would feel “extremely safe”.

The NUS said two-fifths of international students said they would not feel safe at all with face-to-face teaching in September 2020.

Most UK universities have shifted to an online learning model since March, following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NUS survey found that, if full in-class teaching did not return until January 2021, only 13 per cent of those surveyed said they would feel unsafe and 22 per cent would feel extremely safe.

Read more : Anna McKie : Times Higher Education : 14 July 2020