University extends Easter Term by a week for “wider student experience”

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Palatinate has confirmed that next term will be extended for a week so that colleges can provide events that tie into the “Wider Student Experience” (WSE).

The original end of term date, 25th June, will be postponed to 2nd July, so that there is more opportunity for colleges and societies to organise events after lockdown restrictions are lifted on the 21st.

The decision comes after the government announced its roadmap out of lockdown, with the 21st June acting as the point where “all legal limits on social contact” are hoped to be lifted.

In an email from Collingwood College, it was stated that “the University has agreed an additional week for WSE activity”. The plan was also independently corroborated by multiple JCR Presidents.

The extension was brought to the University Executive Committee (UEC) on 15th March and passed the same day.

The decision comes after the government announced its roadmap out of lockdown in recent weeks, with 21st June acting as the point where “all legal limits on social contact” are planned to be lifted. Crowded social areas, such as nightclubs, are also expected to reopen.

The extra week is not expected to have any effect on exam timetables.

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2 thoughts on “University extends Easter Term by a week for “wider student experience”

  • Will there be an additional accommodation charge for the extra week for students in college accommodation?

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  • God help us. Michaelmas was bad enough with much lower national case numbers beforehand and no new strains. Under-50s won’t be vaccinated by June and unreliable optional LFT testing won’t help much (PCR testing in October didn’t stop a massive outbreak). The main effect of this announcement will be to make more students choose to come back in Easter term, which will mean a bigger outbreak, which may well lead to cancellation of these events anyway (or at least high proportions of students having to self-isolate). Stay away from Durham in Easter term if you care more about evidence than the VC does.

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