The University of Cambridge announced Tuesday that it will cancel all face-to-face conferences for the 2020-21 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesperson said all the lectures will be held virtually and will be webcast until the summer of 2021. He added that the exams will also continue to take place online, which it may be possible to teach in small groups when the new academic year begins in October, as long as the rules of social distancing can be respected.
“The decision has now been made to facilitate planning, but, as always, will be reviewed if official advice on coronavirus changes,” the university said in a statement.
The UK is expected to send children back to school soon, as it has gradually relaxed its strict lock-in measures. Some analysts have complained that children are now at higher risk than students.
Others expressed concern about tuition fees, saying that any reduction in the costs of online education should be passed on to students. However, British universities warn that they will face a financial crisis if students choose not to pay tuition fees.