Press release

MillionPlus comment on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown

22 Feb 2021

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (22 February) commented on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“Universities are focused on safely returning students to campus as soon as government health advice confirms that this is allowed. Our priority is to ensure continued high quality education for those the government asks to continue to learn remotely for now, alongside a Covid-secure experience for those students who have already returned and the practical students who will be permitted to return from 8 March.

“Modern universities are working flat out to ensure that all students can successfully complete their academic year’s study this summer, particularly enabling those finishing this summer to qualify with their degree or diploma. Universities have invested millions of pounds in their teaching spaces and online capabilities to ensure that this can happen.

“We pay ongoing tribute to our students and staff for all that they have done and continue to do during difficult circumstances.”


  1. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 3927 2916 or email
  2. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and the voice of 21st century higher education. We champion, promote and raise awareness of the essential role and impact of modern universities in the UK’s world-leading higher education sector. More information can be found at
  3. What are modern universities? Modern universities are long established centres of higher education in their communities with roots that stretch back decades, if not centuries. Many gained university title following legislation agreed by parliament in 1992. They make up almost half of the UK university sector with over a million students studying at modern universities every year. 
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