University students might need to wear protective bubbles prior to interacting with other classmates. ‘Social bubbles’ will be provided to students working in same groups or common assignments in a bid to eliminate social mixing. In the light o COVID-19 infection, the bubble sounds promising to many who are cynical about going to universities once the campuses reopen.
“Students want to have a university experience that is as close as possible to the one they were expecting when they filled their application forms in the autumn. We will deliver in person, teaching and learning wherever possible, accompanied by online lectures and digitally based materials when required,” commented Julia Buckingham, Vice Chancellor of Brunel University.
The shit to fact-to-face learning will not be immediate but punctuated by online classes and digital libraries. Authorities are also keen on reducing campus movements. This implies that only a handful of students will be called on the campus on any given day for assignments or lectures.
The social bubbles will apparently homogenise students into groups without the fear of infection. Other stringent regulations are also in the pipeline to encourage and regulate social distancing.
“We welcome measures that prioritise students’ safety. It is important institutions take measures to do this in light of the ever changing pandemic. Students need clarity as to what they can expect from the next academic year in order for them to make informed choices,” Vice President of the National Union of Students.