because of the pandemic coronavirus in March, British universities have switched to distance learning. Exams are also held online. Recently the University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and largest universities not only in the UK but all over the world, first announced that because of coronavirus in the 2020/2021 academic year, he will not open its doors to students. The Guardian quoted a spokesperson of the University: “the University tries to consider all recommendations received during a pandemic. Given that, most likely, social distancing will be necessary in the future, the University decided that in the next academic year will not be face-to-face lectures. Classes will still be conducted via the Internet, and there is a chance that it will be possible to gather in a small academic groups, in the case that it will not contradict the norms of social distancing. This decision is adopted based on the current situation, but as usual, it can be revised, if changes are made to official recommendations for combating coronavirus”.
Meanwhile, a survey of students showed that more than 20 percent of them are willing to delay the start of higher education, if the pandemic coronavirus universities will not work in normal mode. This means that by the beginning of academic year number of students could be reduced by 120 thousand people, and, accordingly, funding will be reduced by 760 million British pounds. According to The Guardian, each year, the British universities get from students about 530 thousand applications. About six percent of them usually decide to postpone the start of training. The same survey showed, even if the universities will continue to work with all face-to-face lectures and seminars, and the constraints caused by the epidemic will be minimal this year training starts will be delayed 13 percent of applicants.