Salford students returned to the University of Salford started last week, but life as a student has drastically changed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Universities across the North West have been making a strong effort to keep any potential outbreaks under control after young people in their 20’s see the largest increase in Covid infections.
Many students took to social media to express their concerns regarding their return to University. With around half the classes being taught online, Salford students have been left angered by having to return to campus at all.
Digital business student, Violetta Klein explained: “I didn’t feel safe to come back at all. I feel like there was no point for me to come back because it’s a deposit for a new house, monthly payments and I’m only in work twice a week now. I go to university twice a week for an hour and a half and I feel like this could all be done online.”
You’ve got students to moves miles, some of them hundreds of miles, away from home, make their first 4 months rent payment which is easily upwards of £1500 a student, then locked them in their accommodation like some kind of prison.
— Danny (@Salford_dan) September 26, 2020
Emily Pott explained her frustration: “This is the thing, this is what’s annoying me because I live at home with three at risk family members. They’d given me a timetable where I was in three days a week, yet I have friends doing the same modules who are in one day a week.
“It’s a bit annoying now because I emailed them to see if they could just move one of my classes, because I have to take public transport every day, and they said they’d get back to me but they never did so I’ve just left it now. I’m a bit uneasy about that but at the end of the day I have to do it, I’ve got no choice”
However, since classes began last week, concerns seem to have settled, and many have expressed their positive take on the situation.
I haven’t really talked about this on Twitter yet but I’ve been at Salford Uni for about a week now and I’m really enjoying it. Two years ago I went to a college trip to Media city. On Monday I went in as a student. Hope this all works out.
— Tom Bowen (@ThetaSigma2017) September 30, 2020
Social distancing is being put into practice as well as the use of face masks and hand sanitiser. The University has been cleaning their spaces regularly, limiting the number of people allowed in certain spaces and posting regular updates on their guidelines to staying safe onto their website.
I was back on campus delivering my first lecture last Monday in Peel. Students all happy to be back. The University have done an excellent job at making everywhere feel safe. I am used to online lecturing to distance learners but you can't beat face to face teaching!
— Kevin M Aspin (@KevinMAspin) October 2, 2020
The university have also been giving out care packages to their students on campus including face masks and hand sanitiser.
— Libby Witherden (@Libbywitherden) October 5, 2020
For more information on the safety guidance put in place by the University of Salford, please visit https://www.salford.ac.uk/stay-safe