By now, most students have spent their at least two weeks cooped up, self-isolating in grim halls or grotty student houses. Everyone knows someone at uni who’s had Covid. As Christmas looms, there’s talk of staggered returns in January, and not hugging your nan so you don’t kill her. But just how bad has this term’s Covid outbreak on campus been? Data compiled by UCU shows the unis who have reported the most Covid cases on campus since the start of term. In total, there have been over 50,000 confirmed Covid cases at British universities. Here are the unis with the most cases: 1. Newcastle: 2,510 2. Bristol: 2,246 3. Nottingham: 2,212 4. Manchester: 2,203 5. Durham: 1,884 6. Northumbria: 1,866 7. Sheffield Hallam: 1,485 8. Leeds: 1,482 9. Loughborough: 1,472 10. Liverpool: 1,461 11. Sheffield: 1,449 12. Manchester Met: 1,426 13. Birmingham: 1,359 14. Cardiff: 1,111 15. Oxford: 1,041 16. Exeter: 1,038 17. Cambridge: 938 18. Bath: 873 19. York: 793 20. Queen’s University Belfast: 767 21. UWE: 733 22. Sussex: 713 23. UCL: 690 24. BCU: 681 25. Salford: 624 Some universities started reporting earlier than others, and UCU figures include staff and student cases. Unis with better, more official reporting systems may also report higher case numbers. All figures on the UCU dashboard have been updated within the past week, and totals are correct as of 3rd December. Photo Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP/Shutterstock Related stories recommended by this writer: • Medics and geography students will be allowed back to uni in January before others • These are the unis that raised the most money for Movember this year • QUIZ: Can you tell whether these rogue British uni names are real or fake?
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