Nervous students return to Bristol University: ‘For the sake of my studies I need to’

While some are aware of risks, they think advantages of face-to-face teaching outweigh them

The students returning to Bristol University’s rambling city centre campus of Victorian villas, gothic towers and grand gardens this week have mixed feelings about going back to face-to-face teaching next month.

Jessica Choi, a third-year geography student who has been to the university gym, is keen to see her friends but knows that real risks come with in-person teaching and the descent of thousands of students on to the campus. “I’m excited to see everyone but I know it is probably very unsafe because there’ll be so many of us in such a tight space,” she says. “But for the sake of my studies I do need to go. Online teaching is hard to absorb. Everyone’s grades went down at the end of last year.”

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