Government plans for students to return home for Christmas are “riddled with holes”, a union has said, while the promised mass-testing programme does not yet exist.
One student told The Independent he was “very angry” at being told to leave university much earlier than planned, after a week-long window for travel was announced.
Students will be allowed to travel on staggered departure dates between 3 and 9 December in order to spend the Christmas holidays with their families under the much-anticipated plans.
The government has promised to “work closely with universities to establish mass-testing” ahead of the travel window — with priority given to those in hotspot areas. But the requisite capacity does not yet exist, and one insitution has warned it will require a “massive undertaking” to install it.
Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said it