UK universities have begun announcing cancellations of summer graduation ceremonies amid coronavirus pandemic disappointing most students.
Durham, Edinburgh and Reading University are among the institutions to have released the frustrating news to final year under and postgraduates. However, some institutions have opted for postponement or continuous review of upcoming ceremonies.
Oxford University has cancelled two ceremonies in May, and are yet to decide whether to proceed with their summer schedule.
According to the principal of one of Scotland`s top universities, the University of Edinburgh, Prof Peter Mathieson, the financial health of the institution is under “serious threat” from the coronavirus pandemic.
Each year international students at the University of Edinburgh pay tuition of around £30,000. As a result of the outbreak, the number of students as well as the university`s income might drop.
Prof Mathieson said: “We are trying to be honest and transparent with our staff, so we`ve said that at the moment we`re looking at things like limiting pay rises and limiting promotions in the next academic year because that will save us money.
“We haven`t started talking about redundancies but all universities are looking at their future size and their shape.”
Reading University assured students that they will not be charged for halls of residence in summer term if they decided to travel home to self-isolate.
As a result of the outbreak final exams in most universities have also been affected. When the crisis is over, it may take several years for universities and academic institutions to recover.