Last Update: Tuesday 23rd February
The University College Leadership Team will be working through the detailed guidance provided by the Department of Education and will provide more detail to staff and students over the coming week, however, in line with the government roadmap, we will return to campus as follows:
Further Education students will return to in-person teaching from Monday 8th March. It is expected that students on a study programme will be on campus 3-4 days a week. Other students will attend as per their course programme.
Most Higher Education students will return as previously communicated on 12th April. This will provide an additional week of teaching as part of semester B. We will continue to teach online until the Easter break however students will have access to specialist campus facilities (e.g design studios) for self-study purposes from the 8th March. Also from the 8th March we will enable campus access for specific requirements, for instance project data collection and experiences linked directly to their course (e.g. lambing at the farm). The only exception to the planned 12th April resumption of face-to-face timetabled delivery will be clinical teaching for 4th Year MVETPHYS students and MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy students from 6th/8th March, as previously communicated.
Residential students will be able to move back to halls accommodation on campus from 8th March if they wish, following government guidance. We will be communicating the process for those wishing to move back into halls later this week. International students are advised not to travel back at this time, with a further update expected from the government in April.
For ALL students, our on-campus services and facilities will be available, where permitted, on 8th March. This includes on campus access to the library, HE Hub, IT facilities and socially distanced access to support functions such as accommodation, student finance, IT, learning support, student success and wellbeing services. Most catering outlets will be open for takeaway service.
Given the ‘Stay at Home’ guidance, all staff able to work from home should continue do so. You should only come on to campus for in-person delivery, if you work in essential services or cannot complete your work at home. Please continue to request campus access as current procedure.
Keeping our campus safe will be remain our highest concern. In line with our plans to reopen, it will be essential that we have a robust risk assessments and an effective testing programme in place. We will be focusing on this as a priority and will communicate our plans at the end of this week.
We look forward to welcoming students back on to campus.