UK universities fine students £170,000 for Covid rule breaches

UK universities fine students £170,000 for Covid rule breaches. Exclusive: 28 institutions issued fines, with Nottingham University students alone hit for £58,865 Signs made by locked-down students in Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University, which issued 156 fines totalling £7,800, and disclosed the largest number of students waiting for counselling (280). Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Universities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling [...]

Most of England to enter two toughest tiers when lockdown is lifted

Most of England to enter two toughest tiers when lockdown is lifted. Signs of growing parliamentary rebellion amid fears measures could stay in place until spring Closing down signs in Oldham. The mayor of Greater Manchester said he expected his region to be placed in tier 3. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian The majority of England will enter the two toughest tiers of Covid restrictions from next week, ministers are set to announce, amid signs of a growing parliamentary rebellion and fears that [...]

COVID-19: UK spent extra £10bn on PPE due to ‘inadequate supply’, report finds

COVID-19: UK spent extra £10bn on PPE due to 'inadequate supply', report finds. Prices of equipment soared by up to 1,310% and many items did not arrive in time for the first wave. 32 billion items of PPE were ordered between February and July The UK spent an extra £10bn on PPE at inflated prices at the start of the pandemic because it had an "inadequate" stockpile, a report has found. Reserves of personal protective equipment for frontline workers were intended for a [...]

Health and Social Care Secretary announces bureaucracy-busting drive

Health and Social Care Secretary announces bureaucracy-busting drive. The new drive seeks to empower frontline health and care staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and locking in positive change seen during the pandemic. New bureaucracy-busting strategy will lock in positive changes seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, saving staff valuable time Changes include freeing up doctors’ time by shortening lengthy appraisal processes, and cutting the amount of paperwork required for qualified international GPs to work in the NHS More than 600 frontline health and care [...]

Coronavirus: How can society thrive post-pandemic?

Coronavirus: How can society thrive post-pandemic? As society looks to rebound from Covid-19, the ideas and resources we need to cope and succeed will look different than before.   How will people change and grow in the wake of the pandemic? We don’t yet know the answer – and, in some respects, we don’t even know the right questions to ask. That’s why we’ve been surveying dozens of global thought leaders, doers and thinkers for our special Unknown Questions series, in which we’re unearthing [...]