University Public Statement
It remains our top priority to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff during this pandemic, and to ensure our community is kept aware of the developing situation.
The University continues to apply Government guidance in full, and has been adapting our approach in response to the rapidly changing situation.
Teaching, support for learning and assessments have been moved online since 18th March, and course leaders and module tutors are providing support for their students by telephone, email and online chat. This reflects the University’s priority, in line with Government guidance, to sustain teaching, learning and assessment through online delivery so far as possible in the current exceptional circumstances. Access to wellbeing support, counselling and mental health advice is being offered to students remotely via telephone or video chat.
As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on the evening of Monday 23rd March, all university buildings and facilities closed to staff, students and visitors, including libraries, computing suites and refectories. Staff and students are following the Government’s instruction to stay at home, with the exception of a small number of staff carrying out essential functions on site to support students who remain living on campus and to maintain our critical infrastructure.
We are keeping open halls of residence for those students remaining on campus, including access to laundrettes. The University will continue to support students who remain resident on campus during this period, and the usual security, cleaning and maintenance service will continue to be provided. These activities are being carried out with strict observance to social distancing protocols and rigorous hand washing and cleaning regimes.
All University events are cancelled at least until the end of May. Further decisions will be taken in due course as to whether it will be possible to run any scheduled events beyond that date, depending on how the current situation evolves.