Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for students and staff

Please refer to this page for accurate and regularly updated advice about the coronavirus and our response at the University of Worcester.

Latest update - 27 March 2020

The University has moved all teaching fully online. Following the Government’s latest announcements, which again emphasised the importance of rigorous social distancing, the majority of our buildings are now closed.

The Hive Library is included in these closures.

Watch the latest video updates:

1, Pro Vice Chancellor Ross Renton's Coronavirus Update (27 March). 2, Vice Chancellor Professor David Green explains why equipment from our clinical simulation facility is now on its way to the local hospital Trust (25 March). 3, Coronavirus FAQs with Dr Claire Jones (24 March).


To see the videos with captions, please click the link to open them on YouTube.

Listen to recent radio interviews:

  • Vice Chancellor Professor David Green is interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester's Andrew Easton (3 hours, 17 and a half minutes into the programme): https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08790qn (Tuesday 24 March)
  • Liz Davies-Ward, Head of the School of Allied Health and Community, is interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester's Elliott Webb (2 hours, 8 and a half minutes into the programme): https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08790cj (Wednesday 25 March)

 

Email to students about support (Friday 27 March)

Dear student,

We know that many of you are worried about Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it is affecting you and your university experience. We have been listening to your questions and completely understand how concerned many of you are for yourselves and your family and friends. This is a most extraordinary time and our first priority has been the protection of our student and staff community.  We are doing whatever we can to provide you with the best possible educational experience during these circumstances, to keep you well-informed and to support your wellbeing. We are grateful for all the messages of support we have received from students and the wider community.

What support is available?

The majority of students are living away from the campus.

Wherever you are living, there is a great deal of online support available to all of our students.

Firstpoint, our student support team, is available to support you virtually. The best way to get in touch with them is through email: firstpoint@worc.ac.uk

The current firstpoint opening hours are 10.00am-4.00pm, Monday to Friday, but please feel free to email at any time, and the team will respond as soon as they can.

They can signpost you to a number of different services, including: 

  • Mental Health resources and virtual counselling appointments
  • Online wellbeing activities, including ‘Fancy a Cuppa’
  • Support for those still living on campus, including access to security
  • Virtual disability and dyslexia appointments
  • Online careers and employability guidance

Our Student Well-being Champions and our Students’ Union are very active on social media at @wellbeingchamp and @worcsu.  They are sharing lots of activities, including online games, watch parties and more to help you stay connected. The Students' Union independent Help and Advice service is able to support you through Skype and phone call appointments. You can contact them at worcsu.com/helpandadvice or alternatively email studentsunion@worc.ac.uk.

This short video, recorded remotely today, also summarises the support that is available to you.

How can I look after my mental health? 

  • Stay connected with people, through social media or other communications channels. We are so proud of how many students and student groups are already supporting each other on social media - so please keep it up! 
  • Agree regular check-in times with loved ones, use group chats and video calls.
  • Keep a regular routine, work through your ‘to do’ list, read a book, go out for a walk or do some exercise every day.
  • Be careful what you read - make sure when your information is from a reputable sources, such as the Government and NHS websites.

Further information is available from the Mental Health Foundation, Student MindsMind.org.uk

How do I look after myself while studying at home?

Long periods of solitary work and screen time can be challenging. Read our tips for looking after yourself while working at home on our remote working page.

What other support is available? 

We have been very active nationally in representing students’ interests on vital matters, including university accommodation rents and other fees. We will provide you with a further update on these matters next week. We are grateful for your understanding and support as we work through the many challenges we are all presented with, and proud of the work many of you are doing to assist your communities and the NHS.

Take care of yourself and others. You are our priority. We realise the unknown is hard and we’re here to support you as one Worcester community.

With all best wishes,

Ross

Ross Renton
Pro Vice Chancellor Students, University of Worcester

Harry

Harry Lonsdale
President, Worcester Students’ Union

#TeamWorc

Email to students about Further Information on Assessment Arrangements (Wednesday 25 March)

Dear Student

I am now able to offer further and more detailed guidance on the assessment arrangements that we have put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Student Assessment Options

As I said in my email on Monday, exceptionally this year, you will have the option to:

  1. Submit all or some of your assessments as scheduled in April/May 2020 or
  2. Defer all or some of your assessments until the week commencing 6th July 2020

For level 6 dissertations/independent study/independent projects only, you will have the option to:

  1. Submit as scheduled on 30th April 2020 or
  2. Request an extension of two weeks until 14th May 2020 or
  3. Defer submission until Wednesday 1st July 2020

This applies to standard taught courses with a September start date.

Nursing and Midwifery students have been contacted separately as they have different dissertation hand in dates. PGCE and undergraduate ITT students will also be contacted separately.

See note below about students studying in partner institutions.

You will be able to make this decision from 10.00am on Friday 27th March by going to your SOLE page and completing a very short form. You must submit your choices by 10.00am on Monday 6th April 2020. If you have not submitted your choices by that deadline, you will be deemed to have chosen to submit assessments on the original due dates in April/May and must do so.

Important: Please Read

Before making your decision, you should take your time to read the following carefully:

  • Once you have made a decision, you cannot change your mind.
  • If you opt to submit in April/May but are unable to submit because, for example, you are unwell, you must claim mitigating circumstances in the usual way.

April/May Submission

  • If you submit all your assessments in April/May and pass them, you will receive confirmation either that you have progressed to the next level of your course, or your degree classification/award in June 2020.
  • If you submit your assessments in April/May, and fail all or some of them, you will resit in July in the usual way. In accordance with our Academic Regulations, you will only be allowed these two assessment opportunities.

July Submission

  • If you submit all your assessments in July and pass them, you will receive confirmation either that you have progressed to the next level of your course, or your degree classification/award in August 2020.
  • If you submit your assessments in July, and fail all or some of them, you will resit in August. In accordance with our Academic Regulations, you will only be allowed these two assessment opportunities.

Examinations

We will be holding exams as scheduled in the week beginning 11th May 2020. However, because of the exceptional circumstances, we will be holding exams online. You will be able to access a copy of the exam timetable in SOLE by 15th April at the latest.

We will be writing to each student registered for an exam to explain in detail how you will be able to sit your exam. This is broadly the way that it will work: your exam paper will be released to you via Blackboard at the scheduled start time of the exam. You will therefore need internet access to log in to your Blackboard page, and to upload your answers at the end of the exam. However, you will not need to stay online for the entirety of the exam.

You will be given extra time to reflect that you are doing the exam online. This is in addition to any extra time that you may be allowed as a reasonable adjustment. If you are allowed extra time as a reasonable adjustment, your end time will be personally calculated and you and your tutor will be told of this.

Over the next few weeks, we will be individually reviewing any other recommended reasonable adjustments, to ensure that we can accommodate them. We will be contacting you personally but it will take a little while.

You are advised to prepare for these exams exactly as you would have for conventional on-campus exams.

Academic Misconduct Regulations will apply throughout and you must submit your exam script by Blackboard. You will not have the opportunity to run your script through Turnitin yourself first as you usually do, because this is a different type of assessment.

When you make your choice of assessment dates as described earlier, you will have the opportunity to tell us if you have any specific difficulties doing exams at home. We will contact you individually if necessary.

In the interest of fairness to all students, we have made the decision to hold all three sittings of exams (May, July and August) online in the same way. There is therefore no advantage in deferring your exams until July, unless you have specific reasons to do so.

Formal teaching will finish as scheduled on 1st May for students not in Nursing, Midwifery and some Education courses. After this, academic staff will be marking exam scripts and coursework, and may take annual leave, as these exceptional arrangements mean that they may now be unable to take annual leave for some of August. Although I am sure that everybody will do their best, you should be aware that they may therefore not be available for additional academic support throughout the period after the May exams and before the July exams.

Wherever possible, therefore, we suggest that you sit the assessments and exams in May as scheduled.

Students studying at partner colleges and institutions

The arrangements for the majority of students studying at partners will be as stated in this email, but there may be some exceptions, which we are currently clarifying.  Students studying at partner colleges and institutions should therefore await further guidance from their course leader before competing and submitting the form.  

I hope that this is helpful to you. I realise that you may have questions about individual circumstances and assessments. Please do contact your Head of Department, Course Leader or Personal Academic Tutor for further assistance, but I would ask you to be patient as we move to our new way of working and new assessment arrangements.

Best wishes

Sarah

Professor Sarah Greer | Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost

Email from the Vice Chancellor to students (Tuesday 24 March)

Dear student,

Novel Coronavirus: Covid-19 Pandemic

I write to you on the first day of the new national restrictions set out in the Prime Minister’s address last night.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020

Throughout these last difficult weeks, student and staff safety and well-being have been the University’s primary focus. Alongside this, we have been doing all we can to help students continue their studies successfully.

I would like to thank you and all your very many fellow students for the outstanding work you are doing to help the local community, country and wider world rise to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, which threatens the lives of so many. Thank-you also for respecting the physical distancing policy and for your positivity generally. I would particularly like to thank the leaders of the Students’ Union who have represented students’ interests professionally and effectively at a truly unprecedented time.

We can all be proud of our many graduates who are working now, ‘at the front’ in the NHS. They face personal risks, as do their families. Their quiet courage and professionalism is rightly an inspiration to all.

I am sure you would like to know that, together with other Universities and the NHS, we have been making arrangements to enable nursing, midwifery and other student groups in health to go into practice to assist in the crisis whilst continuing to receive support from University colleagues.

We can also all be very proud of our professionally qualified colleagues in health who have, in the overwhelming majority, volunteered to be seconded to the NHS, whilst simultaneously providing study support for first year students and others who need to keep on learning for their vital professions.

Speaking for myself, it is an honour to be associated with such students, graduates and colleagues.

We can also be especially proud of our graduates, students and University colleagues in Unitots, and schools and early years settings throughout our City, region and beyond who are continuing to provide outstanding care and education for the children of essential workers, many of whom are at higher risk of contracting Covid-19, as a result of the professional work of their parents.

Students may also like to know that many professional technical colleagues in Science have volunteered to go to work in the science labs, which are doing important work in testing and analysis and where there have been severe capacity constraints. Naturally we are enabling this and are very proud of our colleagues who have responded so readily to this need.

We are also working with NHS and local partners to enable students to work in a wide range of professional capacities to assist nursing homes and other providers of essential services for very vulnerable people. We will be sharing more information in the coming days about the many ways that students can volunteer to help in this crucial, national effort.

In terms of equipment, we have made all the equipment in our clinical simulation suite available to the NHS. There are some significant shortages and we are working closely with NHS colleagues to ensure that appropriate University resources, from beds and tables to screens and stethoscopes, can be pressed into service to allow intensive care to be as well-resourced and extensive as possible.

As a small thank-you from the NHS for all you have done, are doing and will continue to do Dr. Claire Jones, one of Worcester’s top GPs, has responded to questions for a special short film purpose-created for students of the University of Worcester. Please view it and feel free to share it:

Coronavirus FAQs with Dr. Claire Jones

As you may know, there are a small number of students who have remained living in Halls of Residence and University Managed Housing because the University is their home. There is also a slightly larger number living in other rented property in the City. We have made provision for some study and support facilities, with appropriate physical distancing, to be available for these students.

Thanks to outstanding professional work from many dedicated members of staff throughout the University we have an excellent range of e-books available (over half a million) and our e-learning programme is in full swing. A clear, compassionate, effective policy on assessment in these unprecedented circumstances has been devised and communicated to every student and all members of staff involved.

I know we are all grateful to the members of staff in the University’s IT Department, who have been outstanding in keeping our network going and enabling very many students and staff to have equipment which will enable them to study and work as effectively as possible from a distance.

A series of other important practical questions ranging from how to continue with counselling support to financial matters are being and have been addressed. While these are, of necessity, being worked through in a systematic fashion, I can assure you that we are very active nationally on representing students’ interests on vital matters connected with rents and fees in particular. These are national questions which will need a national solution and we will let you know as soon as there is progress.

I know that there will be many practical questions in the days and weeks ahead. I am very grateful for the work of all the colleagues at the University in Facilities, Communications, Registry, Finance, Student Services and all the Departments and Schools of the University who have enabled such a broad and effective response to be made to this international crisis.

Thank-you so much for playing your part and doing your bit.

You are an inspiration for the good and our hope for the future.

I am sure the whole University community will rise to face the challenges together.

Thank you so much.

With all best wishes,

Professor David M A Green CBE
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive

As letters are found by some to be rather impersonal I have also responded to questions in a short film which can be viewed here:

Response to the coronavirus: 24 March

Email to students about campus access (Monday 23 March)

Dear student

Following the Government’s announcements over the weekend, which again emphasised the importance of rigorous social distancing, we are making further updates to campus operations from 17:00 tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March) and details are below.

A significant amount of work and planning has taken place to ensure that the University is in the best possible place to meet the needs of our students and that we can continue to operate with only core staff remaining on campus.

From 5pm tomorrow the majority of our buildings will be closed and most students studying from home.

The following buildings will remain open:

St John’s Campus

  • Elgar Building: the main reception will be staffed from 9am until 5pm daily. The canteen will close tonight.
  • Peirson Building: Firspoint will move to online support only on Tuesday. They can be contacted on firstpoint@worc.ac.uk. The building will remain open, allowing access to computers for students who do not have access to their own device.
  • The Students’ Union shop

Vehicle access to the St. John’s campus will be through the Severn Gate

City Campus

  • Charles Hastings building, with access to a computer lab and main reception only. The main reception will be staffed from 9am until 5 pm daily.

While the majority of students have already returned home and will remain at home until campus returns to normal operations, we will be keeping the student residences open to support those students who are unable to return home. 

The Hive Library is currently open, with restricted hours and extensive social distancing measures, and this is being kept under constant review in consultation with colleagues at the County Council.  The Hive’s extensive collection of over 300,000 e-books will remain available online. (Update: The Hive Library will now also close tomorrow evening)

All other buildings and sites will close from 5pm tomorrow evening.

Please continue to check this page for updates. 

All best wishes

Communications and Participation

Email to students about deadlines (Monday 23 March)

Dear Student

I am writing to explain how the University is intending to manage the scheduled assessments over the coming months, as we face the coronavirus pandemic together.

As you know, we have had to deal with a very complicated, unprecedented and rapidly changing situation over the past week. We have been closely following government and Public Health England guidance throughout.

We have also been moving staff and students from face to face to remote teaching, ensuring that we can continue in the current situation to deliver the teaching that you need to complete your course. We have been addressing issues with student placements, particularly for health and education students in the NHS and schools. The situation has been changing daily. We are also conscious that external events impact differently on different courses, and have been working to try to manage that.

In addition, we have been ensuring that the University’s core services in terms of cleaning, catering, IT, the Hive have been continuing for as long as possible. With 1,600 staff and around 10,000 students, studying a variety of courses, which are taught and assessed in different ways, this has been a significant undertaking.

Our staff are facing the same challenges as any other person in the UK and indeed across the world. Some of them are having to self-isolate, some are social distancing due to ill health, some are caring for loved ones, and some of them are unwell. It is an extraordinary time for all of us, and we are grateful that you understand and respect the enormity of the task that the University community is facing.

Some of you have written to express concern over the forthcoming assessments. We understand this concern and have been working hard over the past week to identify a solution which would work both for students who have asked if assessments can be delayed, and students who have asked that they are not delayed. We are also working with around 50 separate Professional Statutory and Regulatory bodies governing many of our courses, to ensure that we comply with their guidance.

Some assessments, particularly those which require a practical element, have had to be amended: we are unable to continue with assessments which require face to face group work, or face to face teaching. We are also unable to continue with in person lab work. Over the past week, colleagues have been carefully working through every single planned assessment, to ensure that it can be appropriately amended to ensure that it assesses whether you meet the learning outcomes of your course.

In order to reflect this, we are doing two things.

  1. We are proposing that we run the assessments scheduled over the next six or so weeks, ending on 15 May 2020, as planned. Submission will be online: this is something that we do for the majority of our assessments already.
  1. However, we will offer every student the opportunity to defer their assessment until early July 2020, week beginning 6 July. 

You will be able to choose to complete the assessments as planned in April/May, or, if you wish, to defer your first attempt until July 2020. Once you have made this choice, you cannot change your mind.

The only exception, of course, is if you opt to complete your assessments in April/May and then become unwell or are unable to submit for other reasons. In these circumstances, you would complete a mitigating circumstances form.

Dissertations, independent study or independent projects for level 6 students would work slightly differently. For these, you have three options:

  • Submit on time on 30 April 2020.
  • Ask to defer submission until 6 July 2020
  • Ask for a two week extension under the usual procedures, which would mean submission on 13 May 2020.

Students in the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery will have slightly different arrangements, to reflect the specific nature of your courses. An email will be sent to you by your Head of School tomorrow.

I realise that you will have many individual questions on how these arrangements will work, including detailed arrangements for exams. I would ask that you hold those questions until after Wednesday 25 March, when I will send you more detail of how this will work in practice, and what you need to do.

We understand that this has been an anxious time for you. Thank you to the Students’ Union for working with us. Thank you too for the individual messages of support that we have received. We are grateful for your patience and understanding and it underlines just how exceptional and community spirited our students are.

Best wishes

Sarah

 

Professor Sarah Greer
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost 

Last week we took the decision to postpone our Open Day and Applicant Day on 28 March 2020.

For reference you can also see a list of our previous updates and announcements.

Information and guidance on coronavirus

Advice for students

What is the University doing about coronavirus?

The University is acting on advice from sources including Public Health England, the NHS, the World Health Organisation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We have taken proactive steps to contact our students and staff to ensure that everyone has access to the latest advice.

The University’s leadership team is meeting regularly and is ready to act quickly as the situation changes. This group is taking official advice from Public Health England to ensure any change in guidance is implemented here at Worcester as soon as possible. This includes speaking to colleagues in the Health Service and with a range of partners.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning of key areas, with a particular focus on high touch points such as door handles, railings, lift panels and in bathrooms. We are displaying posters around the campus and on our plasma screens, reminding our staff, students and visitors about the importance of good, personal hygiene – particularly in relation to thorough and frequent handwashing and are ensuring that soap is readily available.

We have moved teaching online from Friday 20 March and will be closing the majority of our buildings from 5pm on on Tuesday 24 March. Where facilities are open we have adopted social distancing measures, such as increasing the space between computers in our study areas.

What precautionary measures can I take?

Public Health England recommends using good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene.  You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold.

Make soap and water your first choice for fighting germs.

Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to get rid of germs in most situations. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. We are ensuring that liquid soap is readily available at all of our campuses.

The NHS has guidance on the best way to wash your hands.

If you are in a situation where soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitiser can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The University has a supply of sanitiser, which is being provided in specific situations where staff and students do not have easy access to soap and water. Prioritising soap and water when available also helps conserve hand sanitiser for healthcare providers, who are caring for patients. 

 Other steps that you can take include: 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

I am self-isolating. Who do I need to tell?

If you are self-isolating, it is important that you notify us using the ‘report an absence’ form on the SOLE website. You’ll find the link at the top of the Student Notices page when you sign in.

Please do not be worried about being absent from your studies for this short period. Your health is the first priority. Your School and the University’s student support teams will help to make sure this does not affect your studies.

The NHS have produced useful guidance on self-isolating.

I live in halls of residence and I am self-isolating. What do I need to do?

We know that many students will wish to return home.  You should only return home if you are able to do so safely following NHS guidance. If you have returned home, please let us know using the form on SOLE.

If you are self-isolating and remaining in halls of residence it is important that you notify us using the ‘report an absence’ form on the SOLE page. The form includes the option to tell us that you are in halls of residence or University managed accommodation.

We will make contact with you to make sure that you have the support you need.

I am self-isolating and I’m worried about missing assignments and assessments.

If you are unable to complete any assessment, including examinations or practice-based assignments, because you are unwell or are self-isolating, you should complete the 'mitigating circumstances' form on your SOLE page in the usual way.

If you think you may have contracted Covid-19 and are self-isolating, it is very important that you follow the Public Health England advice and do not visit your GP or hospital in order to provide evidence. Please let us know where you are by notifying us through your SOLE page. These are unusual circumstances and the University will consider every claim carefully and sympathetically.

Are international field trips still going ahead?

We have cancelled all international field trips at this time. 

What arrangements are in place for online teaching?

We have moved to fully online teaching from Friday 20 March. 

  • We will deliver teaching via the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard, as far as possible.
  • We will also support you digitally where possible, for example, in dissertation or thesis supervision. We already do some of this work in this way.
  • You can access all learning and teaching activities, including self-directed activities and discussion boards, via the VLE just as you can now.

Online teaching will as far as possible follow the published timetable, so make sure that you look at the VLE at those times

What is happening with assessments?

There are alternative arrangements for assessments. Most assessments can be submitted electronically through Blackboard and Turnitin, and this will continue as usual. We are reviewing those assessments which cannot be submitted electronically and your Course Leader will be discussing these with you in the coming weeks.

We are currently still intending to hold examinations as planned in the two assessment weeks beginning 3 May. You should continue to do your best to prepare for these exams.

What is happening with assessment and dissertation deadlines?

Some assessments, particularly those which require a practical element, have had to be amended: we are unable to continue with assessments which require face to face group work, or face to face teaching. We are also unable to continue with in person lab work. We have been carefully working through every single planned assessment, to ensure that it can be appropriately amended to ensure that it assesses whether you meet the learning outcomes of your course.

In order to reflect this, we are doing two things.

  1. We are proposing that we run the assessments scheduled over the next six or so weeks, ending on 15 May 2020, as planned. Submission will be online: this is something that we do for the majority of our assessments already. 
  1. However, we will offer every student the opportunity to defer their assessment until early July 2020, week beginning 6 July. 

You will be able to choose to complete the assessments as planned in April/May, or, if you wish, to defer your first attempt until July 2020. Once you have made this choice, you cannot change your mind.

The only exception, of course, is if you opt to complete your assessments in April/May and then become unwell or are unable to submit for other reasons. In these circumstances, you would complete a mitigating circumstances form.

Dissertations

Dissertations, independent study or independent projects for level 6 students would work slightly differently. For these, you have three options:

  • Submit on time on 30 April 2020.
  • Ask to defer submission until 6 July 2020
  • Ask for a two week extension under the usual procedures, which would mean submission on 13 May 2020.

Nursing and Midwifery

Students in the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery will have slightly different arrangements, to reflect the specific nature of your courses. An email will be sent to you by your Head of School tomorrow.

I need to access University facilities, like the library. Am I able to?

From 5pm on Tuesday 24 March the majority of our buildings will be closed and most students studying from home. This includes the Hive Library.

The following buildings will remain open:

St John’s Campus

  • Elgar Building: the main reception will be staffed from 9am until 5pm daily. The canteen is closed.
  • Peirson Building: Firspoint will move to online support only on Tuesday. They can be contact onfirstpoint@worc.ac.uk. The building will remain open, allowing access to computers for students who do not have access to their own device.
  • The Students’ Union shop

Vehicle access to the St. John’s campus will be through the Severn Gate

City Campus

  • Charles Hastings building, with access to a computer lab and main reception only. The main reception will be staffed from 9am until 5pm daily.

Accommodation

While the majority of students have already returned home and will remain at home until campus returns to normal operations, we will be keeping the student residences open to support those students who are unable to return home.

All other buildings and sites will close from 5pm on Tuesday 24 March.

I’m an international student and I am concerned about the possibility of travel bans.

The current advice from Public Health England is that it is safe to remain in the UK. However, we understand that some students, especially those from overseas, may be anxious and you may be considering returning home. You should contact internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk to discuss visa requirements and so that we can support you appropriately to continue your studies.

I have a specific question about my course. Who should I ask?

If you have a specific question about your course, you should contact your Course Leader or Personal Academic Tutor in the first instance.

If you aren’t sure where to direct your question, you can also contact your School:

I am collecting data for my Master’s dissertation but this may be more difficult or not possible because of the current restrictions. What shall I do?

We have sent guidance to all postgraduate Master’s students whose data collection may be affected by the current situation. This guidance is detailed and explains clearly what you need to do depending on how your data collection is impacted.

If you have not received this guidance, please contact your supervisor or Head of Department.

If you need to apply for an extension to your dissertation deadline, or for a longer delay in submission, because of mitigating circumstances, please follow the usual procedures for this:

I am collecting data for my level 6 dissertation/independent study/project but this may be more difficult or not possible because of the current restrictions. What shall I do?

We have sent guidance to all level 6 students whose data collection may be affected by the current situation. This guidance is detailed and explains clearly what you need to do depending on how your data collection is impacted.

If you have not received this guidance, please contact your supervisor/tutor or Head of Department.

If you need to apply for an extension to your dissertation/study/project deadline, or for a longer delay in submission, because of mitigating circumstances, please follow the usual procedures for this:

I am collecting data for my doctoral thesis (PhD, MPhil, DBA, EdD) but this may be more difficult or not possible because of the current restrictions. What shall I do?

We have sent guidance to all doctoral students whose data collection may be affected by the current situation. This guidance is detailed and explains clearly what you need to do depending on how your data collection is impacted.

You should have received detailed guidance on this matter. If you have not, or if it would be helpful to discuss any potential longer term impact on your research , please contact your Director of Studies or the Research School. 

I’m studying a clinical healthcare course. Am I considered a ‘key worker’?

Yes, if you are studying a clinical healthcare course, such as Nursing, Paramedicine, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, you are able to self-identify as a key worker. As your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, this means that if you have children, they will be prioritised for education provision.

Advice for students on health placements

There is a case of coronavirus or suspected coronavirus on my work placement, should I attend?

Clinical placements have very effective processes in place to manage patients with coronavirus. Please follow the guidance and policies in your work placement. Students who may be required to deliver clinical care to affected patients should have the necessary skills and knowledge, including infection prevention and control measures needed to work in such environments.  

What should I do if I think I have contracted coronavirus, or been in close contact with someone with coronavirus?

The most effective measure you can take to protect yourself is wash your hands as per Public Health England advice https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should follow the advice from Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Please ensure that you email the Work Base learning Support Office (WBSLO) wblso@worc.ac.uk   as well as your course leader. It is important that you stipulate the reason for your absence as having symptoms of Coronavirus.

Is it likely that the University will cancel our placements in the event of a more widespread outbreak within the UK?

There are currently no plans to cancel or suspend work placements. We are however monitoring the situation and regularly liaising with all partners who offer work placements. 

I cannot attend my work placement as the school/ nursery/early years setting that my children attend is closed, what should I do?

Please notify your placement as soon as possible. Please email the work-based learning support office wblso@worc.ac.uk  as well as your Personal Academic Tutor. It is important that you stipulate the reason for your absence. 

I have been informed that my work placement area has closed due to coronavirus but I have not yet completed my hours and standards/competencies am I going to fail the placement?

No, this alone will not result in a failed placement. The University of Worcester will endeavour to find an alternative placement if at all possible. Where this is not possible, your course leader will speak with you regarding arrangements for making up hours and meeting your standards/ competencies at a later date.

As the University has made the decision to stop face-to-face teaching, do I still need to attend my work placement?

The University will continue to deliver lessons remotely using a variety of methods. You will continue to undertake placement learning as part of your course requirements. 

I am due to go on an international work placement, can I still go?

If you are currently awaiting a decision as to whether your international placement will go ahead you will be informed following a decision of the Vice Chancellor. All new requests for international placements have been put on pause for the foreseeable future.

Will the academic staff still visit me on my work placement?

Where these arrangements are currently in place, academic staff will continue to support and visit you in practice areas. It is possible that at the request of a placement provider these arrangements may change. In all cases the university will communicate any changes to you. 

Do I need special protective equipment from the University or will my work placement provide this?

Any special protective equipment personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by your work placement. 

If I have a diagnosis of Coronavirus, when can I return to my work placement?

The advice from Public Health England must be followed.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Please ensure that you email WBSLO wblso@worc.ac.uk  as well as your course leader to inform them you will be returning to your placement. You should also contact the practice facilitator of your planned return. You must also ensure that you check your Course Blackboard site to familiarise yourself on any relevant updates

I am a student currently on an UK international study placement exchange. I have been advised and/or wish to cut short my placement as a result of COVID-19. What should I do?

The University recognises that many students will have been advised or may wish to return home in the current circumstances. If you choose to cut short your UK international placement due to the coronavirus you will be supported by your course team. 

How will Coronavirus related placement absence be categorised on my training record?

If you have reported that you are sick, this will be recorded as sickness absence

If you are self-isolating but are well, this will be recorded as authorised absence

If you are well but have to stay at home for childcare/caring responsibilities, this will be recorded as authorised absence. 

What is the advice if I am a health care student and pregnant?

We understand that you may have some anxieties if you have a placement in a healthcare setting and you are pregnant. Based on the most current information from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, most pregnant healthcare professionals are no more personally susceptible to catching the virus than their non-pregnant colleagues. Please see the link to Coronavirus and pregnancy https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

You should discuss your individual circumstances with your course leader and work placement who will be able to advise you.

Advice for applicants

The Applicant Day has been postponed. How can I find out more about the University?

You can find out more about the University on our virtual open day pages. Over the next few days we'll be adding more videos to these pages, these will give you a feel for what it's like to live and study in the beautiful city of Worcester.

You can also chat to our current students

We are aiming to hold an event in the future and we will keep you updated about this via email.

My exams have been cancelled. What does this mean for my application to study next year?

We know that you may be feeling anxious after the announcement that A Level and GCSE exams are not taking place this summer. Please try not to worry.  

We appreciate that these are extraordinary circumstances. The University, like others, is awaiting advice from HM Government on what arrangements will be made following this announcement. We are continuing to make offers of places for entry in September 2020 and will keep this page updated with the latest information. 

Advice for staff

How can I best support our students?

We know that many staff will be approached by students with concerns about coronavirus. If a student raises a concern about their health please ask them to follow the advice on this page. If they have any specific questions or need additional support, they should contact firstpoint@worc.ac.uk

I am a member of staff who is concerned about becoming unwell in the work environment.

Please support yourself, colleagues and students by following the advice provided by Public Health England and the World Health Organization which is designed to minimise the spread of any infection. You may wish to remind and reassure colleagues and students of this advice at the start of lectures or meetings.

  • Observe good respiratory and hand hygiene, washing hands regularly.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Follow the travel and health advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

You can download the ‘Wash your hands’ PowerPoint slide which promotes good practice and include it alongside your lectures and presentations.

I am at a greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19 and the official guidance advises that I consider social distancing measures. What options are available to me?

If you are over 70, or under 70 with an underlying medical condition or you are pregnant you are advised to consider the official guidance on social distancing.

If the advice in relation to your personal circumstances is that you should work from home you should contact your line manager in the first instance.  If you carry out all or part of your work from home you will continue to receive normal pay.  If you are unable to work from home you will be entitled to sick pay in accordance with the University’s sickness absence policy.

I have been advised to follow shielding measures what should I do?

The government has issued further guidance for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers

They are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions, which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.  People in this category will be notified by the NHS.

If you have been advised to follow shielding measures you should not attend work.  You should contact your manager in the first instance to discuss whether all or part of your work can be carried out from home.  If you are able to work from home you will continue to receive normal pay.  If you are unable to work from home you will be entitled to sick pay in accordance with the University’s sickness absence policy.

How do shielding measures differ from the social distancing guidance for vulnerable people?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Shielding: You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter.

What should I do if I think that I have symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) or I have been exposed to Covid-19?

In accordance with the latest advice from Public Health England, you should self-isolate at home in line with official guidance if you have both or either of:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home and you should follow the guidance on self-isolation.

You may also be required to stay at home and self-isolate despite having no symptoms, for example if there is a risk that you have been exposed to the virus or if you are providing care to someone who has symptoms of Covid-19.  If you are following official government medical guidance to self-isolate despite having no symptoms you must stay at home.

Who do I need to tell if I need to self-isolate due to Covid-19?

If you are following official guidance to self-isolate or you have received a letter advising you to take shielding measures or you are following social distancing guidance  please contact your line manager at the earliest opportunity.

If you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 your manager will be able to discuss whether you are able to carry out all or part of your work from home. 

Please advise your manager which category you fall into (self-isolation, social distancing, shielding) the guidance that you are following and how long the recommended duration, in accordance with the government guidance.

If your school / department has local absence reporting procedures which require you to notify someone in addition to your line manager, for example, the ASU generic email, please follow this process.

If you are self isolating due to coronavirus for more than 7 days, you should obtain an online self-isolation note from the:

Please also refer to the advice provided by the NHS on self isolation:

I am a line manager – how do I report that a member of my team is not at work due to Covid-19?

If it has been confirmed that a member of your team has Covid-19 please email absence@worc.ac.uk.  The absence will be treated as sickness absence in line with the University’s sickness absence policy.

For all other absence relating to coronavirus, including precautionary self-isolation, working from home and unpaid leave, please record using your normal departmental processes in the first instance.  The University is intending to provide a central reporting mechanism for managers to report absence relating to Covid-19.  Further details will be provided when this is available but in the meantime please keep a record of absences and send a holding email to absence@worc.ac.uk

What will I be paid?

If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and have been advised to self-isolate you will be paid in accordance with the University’s sickness absence policy. https://www2.worc.ac.uk/personnel/681.htm

If you are following official government medical guidance to self-isolate/social distance/take shielding measures but you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 your line manager will be able to discuss with you whether it is possible for you to do all or some of your work from home.  If you work from home you will continue to receive normal pay.  If you are following official guidance to self-isolate/social distance/take shielding measures and are unable to work from home you will be entitled to sick pay in accordance with the terms of your contract and the University’s sickness absence policy: https://www2.worc.ac.uk/personnel/681.htm.

Hourly paid employees will be paid for scheduled work in accordance with their contact of employment and should follow the University’s guidance on providing appropriate self certification and medical certification in addition to submitting timesheets identifying the scheduled hours as either sickness absence or self isolation/social distancing/shielding.

If you are self isolating due to coronavirus for more than 7 days, you should obtain an online self-isolation note from the:

My child’s nursery/school is closed due to the virus. What leave can I take?

With the government’s decision to close schools from Friday 20th March for the majority of children, you may need to take time away from work to care for your young child(ren), despite them not displaying any symptoms of the virus. Reasonable paid time off will be permitted in order for you to make arrangements for alternative childcare (1 – 2 days). You should contact your line manager in the first instance to notify them of your absence.  

If a longer period is required and alternative childcare is not possible, you may be able to work from home, take annual leave or unpaid leave. Your line manager will be able to discuss these options with you. 

My holiday arrangements have been cancelled, can I rearrange my leave for another time?

Annual leave should be agreed in the normal way and it is expected that the majority of staff will be able to take their full leave entitlement by the end of August. Under the existing University policy, you may carry forward up to 5 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata for part time staff) from one leave year to the next, if agreed in advance with your line manager. 

What are the arrangements for working from home?

The work of the University is continuing. The University moved fully to online teaching on Friday 20 March. From Friday 20 March, the University has made the decision that colleagues will be able to work from home, where it is possible to do so. Your line manager can discuss this with you in more detail. However it remains the case that there may be occasions when colleagues will required to attend the workplace as and when needed, unless they are unable to due to sickness or annual leave.

If you are working from home and unable to work due to sickness, you should advise your line manager following the normal reporting procedures. 

The following guidelines outline the practical arrangements that make homeworking a success:

https://www2.worc.ac.uk/personnel/957.htm

How can I organise my work when working from home?

  • Identify in discussion with your line manager which aspects of your work are suitable for homeworking and what access to University systems is required and available. If needed, the University may be able to loan equipment on a short-term basis to support homeworking.
  • Your line manager must agree your usual start and finish times. You will be expected to attend virtual meetings, events and any training arranged by your line manager and, for example, your team or course leader.
  • To help colleagues keep in touch with you, you must provide a contact email (your usual work email address in most cases) and telephone number. You are expected to be available by telephone and email during your working hours. In addition, you should use your outlook calendar to provide information on your working arrangements and share this with your line manager.
  • You are expected to be available during working hours. If there are times when you will not be available, or you need quiet time to concentrate without being disturbed, please let your colleagues know and advise when you will be contactable.
  • Working from home might require being more aware of the need for confidentiality and GDPR requirements. Please refer to the University’s guidelines on safe practice, data protection and information security.
  • The University’s insurance policy for employer’s liability and personal accident will operate in the same way as office based employees for approved occasional home working. However you should also consider whether you need to advise a landlord, mortgage provider and/or insurer (contents and/or buildings) that you will be working from home occasionally. 
  • In certain circumstances the University may ask you to carry out work at home that is outside your normal duties but commensurate with your role to help maintain essential services.
  • There may be occasions when you will be required to attend the workplace to support the work of your School or Department and/or the wider University. 

How can I keep in contact with colleagues when working from home?

  • Working from home, for some people, might give rise to feelings of being isolated especially if the normal work setting is as part of a close team; you may find it helpful to book regular contact with colleagues and line managers
  • Forms of contact might include email, telephone, and Skype. Having a visual contact session may be preferable to using email or phone alone.

What IT support is available to me?

IT are working with colleagues across the University to ensure we can provide the right support during the current and evolving situation.

Working Remotely

The best place to go for support about how to work remotely or how to attend meetings virtually are the IT Service web pages: https://www2.worc.ac.uk/it/remote-working.html

You will find information about how to use Skype for Business and the Worcester VPN (VPN is the technology to get access to key applications when offsite). Bear in mind for many applications such as Blackboard Collaborate you won’t need VPN access and can access it through a web browser. As time progresses we will be offering support to colleagues through online chat and this can be found on the standard IT Service Desk webpage here: https://worcester.sysaidit.com/servicePortal Chat will become a key way IT can support you when working remotely but at present our focus is preparing for homeworking so chat this week will be limited.

IT Support During This Period

At the moment calls to the IT Service Desk number are very high. If you are contacting IT for support around remote working, they recently published new guidance here: https://www2.worc.ac.uk/it/remote-working.html this includes links to TEL resources for Blackboard Collaborate. For other queries IT will, as always, get to you as soon as they can but asks colleagues for patience and understanding as they prioritise those calls that allow them to pre-emptively prepare for any disruption caused by the virus. This means it may take a little longer to respond to some calls than you might otherwise expect.

Do you have any advice on GDPR?

Data Protection – Best practice while working remotely

Worcester’s commitment to the protection of data is a vital component of how we all work. This applies onsite and equally when offsite in remote locations. It’s very important to remember that when we are not in the office, and where we might be working in different ways that we still adhere to the same stringent processes that protect people and data.

 - You can access personal data while working at home, as you would do in the office, if you need this to do your job.

  • You should not share this data with any unauthorised third parties, including the people you share your home with.
  • You may print documents with personal data or confidential information to enable you to do your job, but you MUST ensure that you do not mislay it.  When you have finished using it ensure safe and secure disposal by shredding or careful cross cutting by hand.
  • Where possible ensure that you lock personal data away when not in use, or when you are absent from your home workspace.
  • Apply password protection to computers, screensavers and documents and remember to log out/close any applications when you finish working.

 - You can share data securely by:

  • Via voice calls, either phone, Skype for Business or Teams – this also allows you to stay in touch
  • Using Onedrive to share information securely
  • Using a shared folder on the O drive
  • You can use email but be mindful that anything sent by email is more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In addition, anything you put in writing is subject to disclosure under data protection law.  We therefore recommend that you keep personal data sharing by email to a minimum and use one of the other methods listed above.

If you are using your personal device to work remotely please ensure that when accessing any University files stored in OneDrive, SharePoint or those located on the O: drive, you must not download said files to your device. Work on these from within the Microsoft Office 365 applications or your web browser and save them back to the location they are stored in.

Further advice on remote working including instructions to add the O: drive to your personal device are located on the IT Service webpages found here or you can contact the IT helpdesk on 01905 85750 for further information.

If you are working on a personal device that is used by other members of your family or household you should endeavour to have a different account on that device for your work that they do not share. Where this is not possible - such as on single account devices - be very mindful to close any browser sessions you have open that connect to Worcester before handing the device to someone else. You should also be mindful that any cached credentials would give that person access to your accounts (email etc.) and that these should be cleared before the other users access the device.

Suspected Data Breaches

Any suspected data breaches MUST be reported as soon as you become aware of them, the sooner we are made aware the better chance we have to rectify the position.

You should report any suspected data breach, as usual, to infoassurance@worc.ac.uk and for this period we also request these are also sent to h.johnstone@worc.ac.uk and gemma.harris@worc.ac.uk.

We have 72 hours to investigate incidents and report them to the ICO so your urgent action is required.

You can find more information about Data Breaches via this weblink

Information Requests

Please also ensure that you pass on any requests for data made by individuals or organisations (Subject Access Requests or Freedom of Information requests) urgently as we are obligated to respond to these within strictly prescribed deadlines.   

Please send requests to foirequests@worc.ac.uk

Further guidance can be found at: https://www2.worc.ac.uk/informationassurance/information-security.html and https://www2.worc.ac.uk/it/remote-working.html

For any other queries in relation to personal data and working remotely that aren’t addressed here or via the above weblinks please contact the Information Governance Officer, Gemma Harris by email to: gemma.harris@worc.ac.uk

Where can I get support and advice?

We understand that you may have concerns or anxiety in relation to the current situation.

The University's Employee Assistance Programme can provide additional advice and support.  It is available to all University staff. The programme is run by Care first and offers, among other things, a helpline with confidential, 24-hour personal assistance from experienced counsellors. The helpline number is 0800 174319. If you have any other concerns about the virus, please contact your line manager.

Useful resources

We've put together a selection of videos, guides and articles that we've found helpful.

Submit a question

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, you can submit a question through our online form. If you are a student and you have a specific question about your course, you should contact your Course Leader or Personal Academic Tutor in the first instance. 


Previous announcements

Below you'll find details of previous updates and announcements sent to the University of Worcester community.

 

Vice Chancellor's video updates (Wednesday 18 March)

Professor David Green updates on the University's move to online teaching and the implications of the school closure announcement.

You can also watch Dr Claire Jones answering questions on Coronavirus.

Vice Chancellor's email to students (Wednesday 18 March)

Dear student

After much careful consideration and discussion, the University has decided to move to fully online teaching from this Friday, the 20th of March, up to the end of Easter in the first instance. Assessments and exams will be completed online or submitted electronically.

You can find further details about the arrangements on our website. Anyone who needs specific, practical advice in relation to their studies should contact their School office.

Essential facilities, including our halls of residence, study spaces, the Library, Students’ Union and the cafeteria will remain available, with additional measures in place to encourage social distancing.

Nationally, the response to the Covid-19 virus continues to evolve. We will continue to update you by email and through our website, about the University’s response over the coming days and weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Professor David M A Green CBE
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive

Vice Chancellor's email to students (Tuesday 17 March)

Dear student

The University remains open, including all of the usual facilities such as accommodation, firstpoint and the canteen. As I wrote to you last week, face to face teaching is continuing.

If you feel unwell, it is important that you take the following steps:

  • Follow the official NHS advice and self-isolate if you have the specific symptoms of Covid-19, which include a continuous cough or a high temperature
  • Contact us at the University by notifying us through your SOLE page.  You’ll find the new ‘report an absence’ link at the top of the Student Notices page when you sign in

Nationally, the response to the Covid- 19 virus continues to evolve. We have therefore been making preparations to ensure that you are able to continue your studies as well as possible in the current circumstances.  You can find all of the latest information on the dedicated page on our website, including details about preparations for online teaching and assessment.  

You may find these video bulletins, which have been published today, particularly helpful:

  1. Continuation of face to face teaching
  2. Completing your course and assessments

With all best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Professor David M A Green CBE
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive

Vice Chancellor's video update (Monday 16 March)

Professor David Green updates on the University's response to coronavirus as of Monday 16 March

Vice Chancellor's email to students (Friday 13 March)

Dear University of Worcester student,

I am writing to all members of the University about the Covid-19 pandemic and the University’s response.

I know this is a time when many students are concerned for the health and welfare of family, friends and neighbours as well as their own.

Our aim is to do what we can to limit the transmission of this virus and the adverse impact that it has on human health.

Firstly, may I thank all those students who have been, and are involved, in preparing to minimise the spread of the virus in Worcester and our wider region.

I am very grateful to all those members of the University who are carefully following the excellent advice given by Public Health England and the NHS.

As we all know this involves regular, thorough hand washing, keeping your hands away from your face and scrupulous cleaning of surfaces on which the virus can live.

What is the Government response?

Yesterday (March 12), the UK government decided that everyone who has a cough, temperature or both should self-isolate for up to 7 days.

According to this coronavirus BBC article, the government’s chief science adviser says: “Telling those with a high temperature or cough to self-isolate for a week will have the "biggest impact" in the fight against coronavirus, the UK's chief science adviser says.

We know that you will support the community by following this advice.

If you need to self-isolate and live in University or University managed accommodation please inform us immediately by either calling 01905 542502 or emailing security@worc.ac.uk

If you, a friend, fellow student, family member or anyone you know does need to follow this advice then this NHS guidance is clear and helpful.

How is the University Responding?

In terms of the University’s response, we have concentrated on doing those things we can to limit the transmission of the virus and its impact on human health by scrupulously following Public Health England, NHS and Government advice and applying this to our own circumstances.

You may already have noticed, for example, that we have intensified the cleaning regime at the University, particularly in areas where there are many smooth surfaces which are frequently touched.

As you know, the UK government has decided at this time that it is best not to close Universities as has happened in a number of other countries.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is that University students, in the great majority, are not a vulnerable group in the population as is quite clear from the statistical analysis of the impact of coronavirus by age.

Following government advice means that at Worcester we are continuing to provide our full normal teaching timetable whilst simultaneously promoting the NHS/Public Health England advice. We intend to continue in this way. Of course, at some point there may be some cancellations and you yourself may need to self-isolate for 7 days. In such an event please contact your personal academic tutor for specific advice. Please do not worry about “missing something vital”. Health is the first priority.

Where can you find more information?

I am sure that there are many questions which is why the University has prepared a set of Frequently Asked Questions which you can access above.

This web-page is being regularly updated as the situation evolves. Please do consult it regularly and feel free to share it with fellow students, friends, family and anyone you think may find it useful.

Naturally, we are also preparing for the possibility of teaching in lectures and seminars being cancelled. We are well advanced should this become necessary and will ensure that examinations and assessments can be properly carried out and that students have access to all the proper help you need and expect to succeed in your studies and earn your qualification and, in many cases, your professional registration.

We are also working closely with our partners in the schools, hospitals, Health Trusts, regulatory bodies and government departments to ensure that students who are on teaching practice or on placements in hospitals and health settings are able to continue their vital work and training and that any adaptations do not disadvantage students in terms of qualification.

If the University does have to close for on-campus classes at some point, we will allow students to continue to live in University accommodation and to support students generally with the ongoing provision of library, security, catering and other services in line with ongoing Government advice.

We are currently working with NHS colleagues to see if we an established a training/volunteering programme which will help us all gain the expertise we need to be as useful as possible to family, friends, neighbours and society.

All of these highly practical matters are being tackled with the calm professionalism which is characteristic of the culture here at the University.

Covid-19 is a big challenge to human society. We already know a great deal about it. Whilst dangerous, particularly to older and ore vulnerable people, it is not a mass-scale deadly pandemic for younger people in the same way as was the ‘Spanish flu’ epidemic of 1918-20.

I am very grateful to students, staff and all members of the University community for being so calm, purposeful and professional in both individual and group responses. Many members of the University community have been exemplary in countering disinformation with science-based evidence and rational, thoughtful, compassionate responses.

Thank-you so much for your contribution to this vital work.

If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your personal academic tutor or firstpoint.

With all best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Professor David M A Green CBE
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive

 

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