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University Challenge: How students and universities are managing meals during the pandemic: Sheila Dillon hears stories around freshers and food in the age of COVID

University Challenge: How students and universities are managing meals during the pandemic: Sheila Dillon hears stories around freshers and food in the age of COVID

FromThe Food Programme


University Challenge: How students and universities are managing meals during the pandemic: Sheila Dillon hears stories around freshers and food in the age of COVID

FromThe Food Programme

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Length:
28 minutes
Released:
Nov 8, 2020
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

Universities have become big business in the UK in recent decades - educating around 2.3 million students, with an annual operating expenditure of over £37 billion at the last count.

But since the start of this academic year, we’ve heard massively mixed reports on how universities are coping; not least, with managing food provision.

In a term when COVID-19 has put new and unexpected pressures on existing frameworks the response from institutes has been hugely varied, from teams rising to the challenge and delivering innovative meal solutions, to “disgraceful profiteering". The situation's prompted student petitions, protests and even rent strikes.

So what has this unprecedented clash of virus, education and money taught us about the UK’s centres of learning – and what lessons have they learned, to help things run more smoothly next year?

Presented by Sheila Dillon. Produced in Bristol by Lucy Taylor.
Released:
Nov 8, 2020
Format:
Podcast Episode