So it's just been reported that 770 students have tested positive at Northumbria University. Given the size of the outbreak, which eclipses pretty much every other, is it not now time to admit that inviting students back was a terrible idea and send them home? That's pretty much 10% of our daily new cases, a huge number for a single setting. Most people could have predicted that crowding young adults from different parts of the country together in rabbit hutch accomodation would have resulted in an outcome like this. There seems to have been very little robust planning or mitigation involved in opening this autumn. Sweeteners to encourage them to study online from home should surely have been offered, such as a fee reduction, or the option to defer. But I gather universities have not been very flexible, and accomodation contracts are enforced with usual terms and conditions once students have arrived. They all arrived back because they were actively encoraged to do so, with assurances it would all be fine, but it's not all fine is it? What does it matter if lecture halls are half empty, when accomodation is crammed full, of course it's going to spread like wildfire. It's all about the money of course, but it is within the governments ability to mitigate that. The whole thing is an absolute disgrace.