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10:36am on Saturday, 10th July, 2021:



The week before last, members of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering were sent an invitation to afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House, to take place after the rules on lockdown change (meaning more than six of us can go). There were only 30 places available, so acceptance would be on a first-come-first-served basis.

I liked the idea of afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House (the stately home upon the grounds of which Essex University was built), but on reading the rest of the invitation discovered that attendees are required: to have a negative lateral flow test in the morning of the event; to complete the Moodle course about returning to campus; and to complete an individual health risk assessment. The extent to which I disliked that exceeded the extent to which I liked the idea of free tea and cake.

Last week, we were sent a reminder to apply for the event. From this, I can deduce that I'm not the only person for whom the rewards weren't worth the price of admission.

It's a shame, but I'd rather the university erred on the side of caution. That said, eating cream cakes is more likely to kill me than COVID-19: you can't vaccinate people against cream cakes.

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