English universities despair as in-person teaching ruled out before 17 May

Move likely to fuel demands for compensation with students saying they have already missed out

University leaders have expressed despair after the government announced that a full return to face-to face teaching for students in England has been ruled out before 17 May at the earliest.

They accused ministers of treating students like “second class citizens” and sacrificing them to protect other parts of the economy, in a move likely to fuel student demands for compensation.