This House of Commons library briefing paper gives an update on developments since the earlier paper, Coronavirus: Implications for the further and higher education sectors in England, 17 April 2020 and includes information on the Government support package for universities and students which was announced on 4 May 2020, online delivery of undergraduate courses in 2020/21 and the re-opening of colleges.

On 20 March 2020 colleges and universities were closed in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The closure of institutions has raised a significant number of issues for providers and students and has caused considerable concern across the post-18 education sector.

Library briefing, Coronavirus: implications for the further and higher education sectors in Englanddiscussed concerns that were raised in the early weeks of lockdown. The paper covered among other things: the financial impact on the sectors and the higher education sector’s call for a £2bn bailout package, university admissions in 2020/21 and student concerns about accommodation costs, teaching and assessment and support funds.

This paper follows up on that briefing and gives updates on later announcements and developments, including: the Government’s 4 May 2020 announcement of a support package for universities and students, university’s online delivery of undergraduate courses in 2020/21, deferment of students in 2020/21 and information on the re-opening of colleges.

This paper follows a similar format to the earlier paper and was correct at the time of writing, 21 May 2020. For later information readers should consult Government and stakeholder websites