How has the news been received by universities?
The news that university students will soon be able to return to their studies has been met warmly by some university bodies.
Professor Julia Buckingham, president of Universities UK, which represents 140 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, said the announcement was a “long-awaited boost” for university students.
She said: “Universities look forward to welcoming these students back to Covid-secure campuses from March 8, where safety measures including serial asymptomatic testing and social distancing will be in place to ensure the risk of transmission remains low.
“While today’s news is positive for some students, it will be disappointing for others that had hoped the Government would have allowed them to return.