Degree of caution at Birmingham university

Lecturers at Birmingham City University will teach from behind protective visors and wear personal microphones as campuses reopen.

Students study at Birmingham City University at the start of term, as thousands prepare to study in socially distanced surroundings
Students study at Birmingham City University at the start of term, as thousands prepare to study in socially distanced surroundings

Birmingham City University (BCU) has announced a series of measures “to keep everyone safe”, including cutting numbers on its sites by at least half, at it prepares to welcome 26,000 students.

Vice-chancellor Professor Philip Plowden said the new term would be “like no other we have experienced”.

He added the changes and introduction of one-way systems and mandatory wearing of face coverings on campus, would make the return to lectures “as safe as possible”.

The measures mean most students will be on campus every other week, alternating with a week of online classes and study.

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