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Covid-19 poses little danger to students... let's not rob them of life-enriching uni experience

Fionola Meredith


The rush to move lectures online is both premature and unfair on our young, healthy learners, argues Fionola Meredith

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Soulless: university without proper interaction is a pale imitation of the real thing

Soulless: university without proper interaction is a pale imitation of the real thing

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Soulless: university without proper interaction is a pale imitation of the real thing

I pity the young people. Right on the cusp of adulthood, just as they are about to take flight into the world, their wings have been severely clipped by the coronavirus crisis. All their plans are thrown into disarray.

School cancelled. Exams cancelled. Leaving parties cancelled. Summer travels cancelled. And now many universities are planning to put their classes online.

So, instead of beginning an exciting new life of independence, challenge, and social and intellectual exploration, prospective students could be stuck at home in their mum's front room in Lurgan, staring dismally at a laptop screen.