A particularly vulnerable group are students who have left care or are estranged from their families. Campaigning groups who support them have written to every vice-chancellor, urging them to support students who are stranded at university with no family networks during the Covid-19 emergency.
The letter, from Stand Alone, which supports people who are estranged, and the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers, said: “For many of these students, university or college provides their home, their support network and their stability.
“We ask you at this difficult moment to make sure they continue to be provided for and can feel safe and supported. It would be a catastrophe if any of our estranged or care experienced students found that they had to leave university as direct or indirect consequences of the current circumstances or were made homeless.”