This week on Switchboard, we ask: What are the university’s guidelines? Are they compatible with government advice? And how does the pandemic affect different members of the student population?

Switchboard S2, Ep.2Tomas Vieira-Short

First, Varsity’s senior news editor Christopher Dorrell explains the #StaySafeCambridgeUni Campaign, launched at the end of August, which outlines the university’s public health guidelines. (01:14).

CUSU Disabled Students’ Officer Rensa Gaunt tells us about the concerns underpinning the Cambridge Student Union’s ‘Demand Safe Cambridge’ Campaign. (07:17).

Christopher Dorrell, along with international student and Girton JCR President Riva Kapoor, talk us through the concerns and experience of international students. (12:17).

MML student representative Gemma Watts discusses how the pandemic has impacted her year abroad, and how year abroad students are being supported by the University. (19:20).

A second year medic at Selwyn, Samara Shahjahan, tells us how medicine students are being affected by changes to their exams, and how she thinks teaching and learning will be affected. (24:55).

Finally, Rensa explains why the adjustments made for remote learning during the pandemic make her hopeful for the future accessibility of the university. (31:05).


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