The national body which oversees student unions across Scotland’s universities has criticised the laying of blame at the feet of students returning to campus to begin or resume their degree studies.
National Union of Students Scotland president Matt Crilly says the recommendations from Universities Scotland, and endorsed by the Scottish Government, “unfairly blames students” for the spike of coronavirus cases and “takes the unjustified step of applying different rules to students over and above the rest of the adult population”.
Mr Crilly said: “These measures are deeply concerning – not least to those students who rely on income from hospitality jobs.
“Having different rules for students makes it even more confusing to stay within guidance, which could make things less safe. And the rules show a complete disregard for students’ mental health and wellbeing. We need better.
“To protect students and communities, we’re calling for targeted support for students…