A statement from the University:
I am sure we can all appreciate that these are unprecedented times and the coronavirus COVID-19 will have serious and wide-ranging effects in the short, medium and longer term.
We take your health and safety very seriously and a team of senior colleagues have been co-ordinating our response to COVID-19 in what is a challenging and rapidly changing situation.
Our response has been informed and led by the advice of public health officials but we have also been listening to the concerns of our students and staff and taking your feelings into account in all of our decision making and a number of precautionary measures have already been announced.
All of our campuses will remain open, but from the end of Friday 20 March the University is proposing to vary its teaching arrangements due to the exceptional circumstances we are facing beyond the University’s control. We will be suspending face-to-face teaching and moving teaching and learning online to minimise the impact on the student learning experience. The exact details of this will be communicated during the course of this week, but it will also mean that assessment, with a very small number of exceptions, will also be online.
To reiterate, all of our locations will remain open, but this will significantly reduce face-to-face interactions while maintaining the integrity of teaching and learning as best as we can.
The new academic year will help reduce the disruption, but we are aware of the heightened anxiety this may create for our final-year students, so they will be our priority in this period of change. Every effort will be made to ensure access and assistance to help our students achieve the best results.
We have also taken the decision to suspend all open day events until further notice.
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and resilience in what has already been a challenging period. We will have to get used to new ways of studying and working for an unknown period of time so we will need to pull together to get through the coming weeks and months.
These are indeed unprecedented times which have provoked both negative and positive reactions in the wider public. We should all be mindful of reacting in the right way and supporting each other where we can.
Good hand hygiene is still regarded as the best form of defence against the spread of COVID-19 so please wash your hands regularly to help yourself and the rest of our community.
This is a rapidly changing situation so please make sure you keep yourself up to date by checking your emails, Moodle and the Student Portal.
Welfare and support
If you have further questions or concerns, or need to report if someone has been advised to self-isolate, please call our advice line on 02477 656565 (opening hours: 8am to 7pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need urgent medical advice, do not hesitate to call the NHS on 111.
The Department for Education helpline can answer education questions about COVID-19 from higher education staff, students and parents on 0800 046 8687 or via email@example.com 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).