19 Sept 2020: “Several students” isolating, “a handful of confirmed cases” being managed at MMU’s Birley campus. Manchester Evening News.
22 September 2020: UCU state that “it has received reports of cases in every faculty of [Manchester Metropolitan University], with reports of multiple cases in the business school.” In response, “the university said it would only share anonymised cases on a weekly basis.” UCU.
25 September 2020: 127 positive cases amongst students, 1,700 students self-isolating, at Manchester Metropolitan. Manchester Evening News.
26 September 2020: Manchester Met: “‘HMP MMU’ – Students claim they were met by ‘security’ and ‘police’ as they tried to leave Coronavirus crisis halls.” Manchester Evening News.
27 September 2020: Manchester Met: “All lectures, seminars and classes for first and foundation year students at Manchester Metropolitan University will be online for the next 14 days after a Covid-19 oubreak. As reported, the situation has led to around 1,500 students being told not to leave two university halls of residence for two weeks, unless it’s an emergency. There have been 137 positive cases in a matter of weeks linked to Birley campus on Bonsall Street and Cambridge Hall on Cavendish Street.” Manchester Evening News.
6 October 2020: University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University abandoning face to face teaching, and going all online. Manchester Evening News.
7 October 2020: Manchester Metropolitan: “More than 500 staff and students at Manchester Metropolitan University have tested positive for Covid-19 – there could be even more. The latest figures do not include the results of a mass testing pilot launched at two MMU halls of residence last week.” Manchester Evening News.
29 October 2020: Manchester Metropolitan: “A university in Manchester has been threatened with union action after it announced plans to reintroduce face-to-face lessons next week.Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has said it will provide up to three hours of in-person activity each week for most courses on Monday after the majority of lessons were moved online.The University and College Union (UCU) has said asking staff to revert back to in-person teaching when the city had moved to tough Tier 3 restrictions to try and control the virus was “unacceptable”.” Express & Star.