‘Locked down and locked in’: the pandemic plight of UK university students

In the two months since she arrived at the University of Manchester, Hannah Virgo has been nowhere near a lecture theatre, sports hall or student bar. But she has occupied an empty tower block.

Nearly two weeks ago, the 18-year-old and nine other students sneaked into Owens Park Tower, at the centre of Manchester’s Fallowfield campus, and barricaded themselves inside to protest against the university’s handling of education in the pandemic.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, students were encouraged to start their courses at UK universities on the promise of an undergraduate experience, but many say they have been abandoned with little in the way of financial or mental health support, locked down with strangers as Covid-19 tore through university accommodation, and forced to pay annual tuition fees of £9,250 for lessons over Zoom.

“They moved us here under false pretences,” Ms Virgo says. “Basically, they lied to us so we’d

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Locked on Boston College: The Basketball Files

It’s another big basketball episode as we welcome back Dan Rubin and Eric Hoffses to talk about the upcoming basketball seasons. 

Eric Hoffses, a basketball insider, gives us the inside scoop on the upcoming season. He gives an update on Wynston Tabbs and tells us we can expect big things from Makai Ashton Langford. He also looks at the trio of transfers who came to Boston College, and breaks down what they cold bring to the Eagles in ’20-21. If you want info on the team from someone who talks to the coaches, and knows the team inside and out, you won’t want to miss this! 

On top of that, Dan Rubin comes by to talk about the women’s basketball team. After winning 20 games for the first time in over a decade, Rubin talks about where the program is now. He dives deep into the philosophy of head coach

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College Football Playoff predictor: If Notre Dame beats Clemson on Saturday, is the field already locked?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The College Football Playoff committee begins releasing its rankings on Nov. 24, building drama for selection Sunday on Dec. 20.

All of that drama might be sucked out of the race after Saturday.

Clemson is compromised, though not gutted, with Trevor Lawrence sidelined by the coronavirus and several key defensive contributors banged up. Notre Dame welcomes the Tigers in with a rare chance to take its best shot at knocking off the ACC’s gold standard.

Win, and the Fighting Irish’s campaign to turn the big three into the big four suddenly has new relevancy. Notre Dame can boast the kind of signature victory that Georgia could not achieve. No Group of Five upstart can argue its resume stacks up.

Yet the committee also pays attention to whether teams play key games without their best players. If Clemson does fall in South Bend on Saturday and runs the

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