Cornwall students anxious about 'digital lectures' as they prepare for university life

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A pair of students from Cornwall have told ITV News they would consider deferring their places at university if all teaching were to move online.

The University of Bristol has become the second in the country to move lectures online for the next academic year.

Friends Jake and Poppy, from Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, are both due to start at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol next term.

In September UWE will run a four-week 'digital' teaching programme, with plans to bring offer face to face sessions for small groups the following month.

Most courses really rely on the lectures, and they really rely on the teachers to tell them what they need to do and to teach them when it's applicable. Of course they can teach them online, but it's never the same as in person. If we had to just study at home and they say everything is online, I think if that happens then I would just take a year off. >

Jake Corner, student
Friends Poppy and Jake are preparing for university. Credit: ITV News

I'm definitely going to uni to learn, but also for the socialising. Now we can't do that, it's really annoying.

Poppy Holland, student

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The University of Plymouth is offering 'blended learning'. Credit: ITV News

Exeter and Plymouth universities have confirmed plans to introduce a mixture of face-to-face and online learning from September.

The University of Plymouth say it is "committed to starting the new academic year for all new and returning students."

It added: "Safety will come first and we will follow government advice to ensure a ‘Covid secure’ working and learning environment.

"The campus will be operational, with our students able to participate in lectures, face-to-face tutorials and seminars.

"If needed to enable social distancing, or individual student needs, options for remote access or online and blended learning will be available alongside the face-to-face experience.

"We know that we all may need to adapt if Covid conditions change, but our priority is to offer a great teaching, learning and social experience for all our students who we look forward to being able to welcome in September."

The campus will be operational, with our students able to participate in lectures, face-to-face tutorials and seminars.

University of Plymouth spokesman
The University of Exeter says it is working hard to welcome students in September. Credit: ITV News

The University of Exeter also said health and safety was its priority.

It says: "We are currently finalising plans for the start of the next academic year and obviously the health and safety of everyone on campus is the overriding priority.

We are committed to doing everything possible to welcome new and returning students to the university campuses for the start of the autumn term.

"As long as it is safe to do so, we will keep our campuses open – though adapted for social distancing - and will adopt a blended learning approach to combine face-to-face teaching with guided online learning.

"We will follow government advice and regulations throughout."

As long as it is safe to do so, we will keep our campuses open – though adapted for social distancing - and will adopt a blended learning approach to combine face-to-face teaching with guided online learning.

University of Exeter spokesman
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