‘Nobody’s listening’: UK lecturers say their Covid fears are being ignored

Worries over face-to-face teaching, larger cohorts and students’ mental health dominate beginning of term

Dawn, a lecturer at a London university, felt immense relief after completing her Covid-age individual vulnerability questionnaire, which assessed her as high-risk , allowing her to work from home.

Some lecturers who do not wish to return to campuses owing to coronavirus fears report feeling under pressure to deliver face-to-face teaching. “There have been quite a few emails suggesting we’ve got to go out there and teach and take it on the chin,” Dawn said. “I have colleagues who are high-risk and are out there teaching [in person] against their better instincts.”

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