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Student residences remain open to a controlled number of students.

Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, has ordered admissions tutors to halt the practise of offering giving places away to students irrespective of their grades.

It comes after the Department for Education warned some universities were switching offers which depended on getting A-level grades to unconditional offers.

Universities have been told by the government to stop making unconditional offers to pupils - who may feel pressured to accept during the uncertainty created by coronavirus.

Durham College says it is closing all campuses and locations, including the Pickering Learning Centre, until further notice, due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. "The last time the student was on campus was Friday, March 13".

He said: "There really doesn't need to be a rush".

The university will offer summer courses online as well, and may move some courses from the first summer semester to the second.

"We must also look out for students too, who in these uncertain times may be feeling anxious about their futures".

"I am pleased Universities UK has confirmed institutions will be flexible and do all they can to support students to progress to higher education".

The student's identity is being withheld to protect the privacy rights of the student.

"We support today's call and believe universities will respond positively to ensure that no student feels rushed into a decision at what is already a hard time".

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